Determining reverse salient types and evolutionary dynamics of technology systems with performance disparities

Dedehayir, Ozgur & Mäkinen, Saku J. (2011) Determining reverse salient types and evolutionary dynamics of technology systems with performance disparities. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 23(10), pp. 1095-1114.

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Technological system evolution is marked by the uneven evolution of constituent sub-systems. Subsequently, system evolution is hampered by the resulting state of unevenness, or reverse salience, which results from the presence of the sub-system that delivers the lowest level of performance with respect to other sub-systems, namely, the reverse salient. In this paper, we develop absolute and proportional performance gap measures of reverse salience and, in turn, derive a typology of reverse salients that distinguishes alternative dynamics of change in the evolving system. We subsequently demonstrate the applicability of the measures and the typology through an illustrative empirical study of the PC (personal computer) technological system that functions as a gaming platform. Our empirical analysis demonstrates that patterns of temporal dynamics can be distinguished with the measurement of reverse salience, and that distinct paths of technological system evolution can be identified as different types of reverse salients emerge over time.

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ID Code: 85637
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Technological System, System Dynamics, Reverse Salient, Computer Games
DOI: 10.1080/09537325.2011.621308
ISSN: 1465-3990
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 16 Jul 2015 22:51
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2015 01:06

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