Radical and incremental innovations have long been the cornerstone of which firms base their knowledge and methods of technological innovation. However, this paper serves to bring attention to one of the less apparent forms of innovation, whose importance is increasingly being brought to light. Architectural innovations are, as defined by Henderson and Clark, "innovations that change the way in which the components of a product are linked together, while leaving the core design concepts (and thus
The AK-47 The AK-47 is not just simply another gun, it is much, much more. It is an ongoing legacy of one mans innovation to the small arms market and a national symbol. In a time of changing warfare, a weapon was needed to work efficiently at and within a range of 300 meters. This weapon needed the accuracy and control of the longer barreled rifles but also the power and automatic fire of a sub machine gun. This lead to a hybrid being created, in the form of the assault rifle (Poyer, Joe 2004)
Toward a General Modular Systems Theory and Its Application to Interfirm Product Modularity Author(s): Melissa A. Schilling Reviewed work(s): Source: The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 25, No. 2 (Apr., 2000), pp. 312-334 Published by: Academy of Management Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/259016 . Accessed: 26/03/2012 07:35 Your use of the JSTOR archive indicates your acceptance of the Terms & Conditions of Use, available at . http://www.jstor.org/page/info/about/policies/terms.jsp JSTOR
CSAC05 1/13/07 9:21 Page 123 5 Analyzing Resources and Capabilities Analysts have tended to deﬁne assets too narrowly, identifying only those that can be measured, such as plant and equipment. Yet the intangible assets, such as a particular technology, accumulated consumer information, brand name, reputation, and corporate culture, are invaluable to the ﬁrm’s competitive power. In fact, these invisible assets are often the only real source of competitive edge that can be sustained over time.
ECS8C_C01.qxd 22/10/2007 11:54 Page 597 CASE STUDIES ECS8C_C01.qxd 22/10/2007 11:54 Page 598 ECS8C_C01.qxd 22/10/2007 11:54 Page 599 Guide to using the case studies The main text of this book includes 87 short illustrations and 15 case examples which have been chosen to enlarge speciﬁc issues in the text and/or provide practical examples of how business and public sector organisations are managing strategic issues. The case studies which follow allow the