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Co-opetition and prelaunch in standard-setting for developing technologies

Kretschmer, Tobias and Muehlfeld, Katrin (2006) Co-opetition and prelaunch in standard-setting for developing technologies. CEPDP (742). London School of Economics and Political Science. Centre for Economic Performance, London, UK. ISBN 0753020394

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Firms faced with the decision of whether to standardize or not prior to introducing a new network technology face a tradeoff: Compatibility improves the technology’s chances of consumer acceptance, but it also means having to share the resulting profits with other sponsors of the standard. In this paper, we show that even prior to market introduction of a new technology, the timing of decisions is important and that firms have to weigh up the cooperative and competitive elements of pre-market choices. We also show that the option to precommit to a technology before it is fully developed (as has been the case with the Compact Disc) can be profitable for network technologies.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 the authors
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
JEL classification: L - Industrial Organization > L6 - Industry Studies: Manufacturing > L63 - Microelectronics; Computers; Communications Equipment
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O32 - Management of Technological Innovation and R&D
Date Deposited: 23 Jul 2008 09:13
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:39

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