Competitive Strategy IG

Sticking with old technology can be a strategic move

Technological innovation — especially disruptive innovation — is often heralded as the best strategy for a company. But new research published in Strategic Management Journal found that as competitors adopt…

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For Some Companies, There’s Strategy (and Success) to Sticking with Older Technology

When many phone companies shifted to making smart devices, one firm in particular — Nokia — stuck by its flip phone design. This summer, the device saw a burst in…

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SMJ: Research Shows How Organizations Evaluate Whether to Imitate or Differentiate When a Competitor Adopts New Technology

How an organization reacts to a nearby competitor adopting an important innovation may be influenced by the type and difficulty of problems it handles for its customers, according to a new…

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SMJ: New Antitrust Study Shows Reining in Big Tech Doesn’t Spur Rival Profits

SMJ authors address the complexity of competition and innovation in platform ecosystems By J Katherine Bahr / Vanderbilt University In January, the Justice Department sued Google, claiming the tech company abused…

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SMJ Video Abstract | Who depends on why: Toward an endogenous, purpose-driven mechanism in organizations’ reference selection

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Competitive Strategy Interest Group

The Competitive Strategy Interest Group focuses on questions concerning firms and their interactions within product and factor markets over time.

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Focus on Customers, not Competitors, when Responding to First-Movers  

When a competitor adopts a new innovation, others in the market have two ways to respond: They can also adopt the technology to directly compete (imitation) or they can choose…

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New Antitrust Study Shows Reining in Big Tech Doesn’t Spur Rival Profits

This paper was nominated for a Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award. In January, the Justice Department sued Google, claiming the tech company abused a monopoly in online advertising by seizing control of…

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How to nurture and develop your ecosystem: Insights for ecosystem architects

What insights does strategy research offer to practitioners interested in nurturing the creation and ongoing development of a range of different types of ecosystems? In our introduction to an SMS…

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Don’t Trap Your Customers

by Niloofar Abolfathi Industry changes that lower customer frictions can be surprisingly beneficial for companies. Building on the global telecommunications industry, we document how a reduction in customer switching costs…

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