An exploration of necessary conditions for standard success for complex systems

Geerten Van De Kaa*

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Abstract

Many markets are characterized by increasing returns to adoption and, often, in such markets standards battles are fought (Suarez, 2004; Schilling 1998; Van de Kaa 2011). Literature on standards selection predominantly focuses on standards that are part of a new single product or system, such as the internet or a telecommunications network (Bekkers 2002; Funk 2002). In this paper we explore factors for standard dominance for systems that connect multiple already existing subsystems and new subsystems to form a new system. We conduct an analysis of six standards battles for complex systems that have been reported in the literature and find three necessary conditions for standard success for complex systems; technological superiority, network diversity and stakeholder commitment. We contribute to the ongoing research on standards battles by studying success factors for standards for complex systems. Practitioners that are involved in developing standards for such systems can utilize the results from this research in their strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018
EditorsBreno Nunes, Ali Emrouznejad, David Bennett, Leon Pretorius
PublisherAston Business School, Aston University
ISBN (Electronic)9781854494535
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018
Event27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, IAMOT 2018 - Birmingham, United Kingdom
Duration: 22 Apr 201826 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameTowards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation - Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology, IAMOT 2018

Conference

Conference27th Annual Conference of the International Association for Management of Technology: Towards Sustainable Technologies and Innovation, IAMOT 2018
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBirmingham
Period22/04/1826/04/18

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Keywords

  • Case studies
  • Complex systems
  • Dominant designs
  • Standards battles

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