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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16789

Title: The Technological Landscape: Competition and Opportunity
Authors: Aharonson, Barak Simcha
Advisor: Silverman, Brian S.
Department: Management
Keywords: Technology
Competition
Agglomeration
Startegy
Knowledge
Innovation
Issue Date: 20-Jan-2009
Abstract: Technological position is a dimension along which organizations can either differentiate from or mimic the behavior of other organizations in the technological landscape. This paper is aimed at providing empirical evidence of the specific ways in which an organization’s technological position choice is impacted by the tension that arises from technological co-location; the information available to the focal firm; and the focal firm’s usage of such information. In this dissertation I examine the factors influencing technological agglomerations in technological positions in the technological landscape. I further examine how the organization’s experience impacts its strategic positioning choice while facing the tradeoff between the expected derivatives of co-location - opportunities and competition. I argue and find that an organization strategically positions itself in the technological landscape based not only on the information it has gathered on its technological environment but also using its own experience and information. Further, my findings show that the organization’s technological positioning choice reflects the tension between opportunity and competition, which questions the notion of isomorphism.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/16789
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