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Invasion of a Stable Business by Radical Innovation

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How does technological change occur in an organizational, market and manufacturing context? How does innovation in products and processses affect a firm’s competitive viability? Do patterns of innovation occur from firm to firm or within one firm over time? If so, what are the implications for research on organizations and for management? Recent work on innovation in industry contends that product innovation, process innovation, and organizational structure and processes become inextricably linked as an organization and its line of business evolve. The changing relationship among them stimulates certain directions of further change while it constrains others or makes them less and less attractive (Abernathy, 1978; Abernathy and Utterback, 1978). In brief, incremental innovations albeit with great commercial rewards, become more and more attractive, while more radical departures, the subject of this chapter, become diminishingly attractive to established, dominant competitors.

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  • Productive Unit
  • Radical Innovation
  • Aircraft Engine
  • Discontinuous Change
  • Established Firm

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Utterback, J.M., Kim, L. (1985). Invasion of a Stable Business by Radical Innovation. In: Kleindorfer, P.R. (eds) The Management of Productivity and Technology in Manufacturing. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-2507-9_5

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