A two-way relationship between multi-level technological change and organisational characteristics: cases involving the development of heavy hybrid buses
2012 (English)In: Technovation, ISSN 0166-4972, Vol. 32, no 7-8, 477-486 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper analyses inter- and intra-organisational interaction in cases of product development, which involves significantly new technologies that affect core product sub-systems. The analysis shows that in such cases, there is a need to collaborate with suppliers to learn about the new technology. Moreover, provided that the firm's existing technology is still relevant, there is a need to integrate the new technology with existing technologies. Therefore, close supplier interaction has to be associated with close intra-organisational interaction. However, even a case where there is a limited need to integrate the new technology with existing technologies, there is a need to justify the new technology internally and negotiate the process of adopting it within the organisation. The paper thus demonstrates a two-way relationship between organisational characteristics and multi-level technological change. On the one hand, different types of technological changes demand different kinds of R&D organisations and supplier relationships. On the other hand, decisions to implement technological changes are influenced by existing organisational structures and product development philosophies.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 32, no 7-8, 477-486 p.
Complex technological system; Product development; Multi-level change; Organisational characteristics
Economics and Business
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-79934DOI: 10.1016/j.technovation.2012.05.002ISI: 000306639200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-79934DiVA: diva2:544733