Competitive Strategy

Are startups more vulnerable to innovation imitation?

  When entrepreneurs bring an innovation to the market, they can’t always capitalize on its potential. Large corporations stealing inventions from “the little guy” is an overworked Hollywood script for…

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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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SMS 44th Annual Conference Istanbul

Strategic Management of Fault Lines, Contradictions, and Divergences

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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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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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