The Business Of Systems Integration

Paperback | April 15, 2005

EditorAndrea Prencipe, Andrew Davies, Michael Hobday

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Over the past decade or so, systems integration has become a key factor in the operations, strategy and competitive advantage of major corporations in a wide variety of sectors (e.g. computing, automotive, telecommunications, military systems and aerospace). Systems integration is a strategictask that pervades business management not only at the technical level but also at the management and strategic levels. This book shows how and why this new kind of systems integration has evolved into an emerging model of industrial organization whereby firms, and groups of firms, join togetherdifferent types of knowledge, skill and activity, as well as hardware, software, and human resources to produce new products for the marketplace. This book is the first to systematically explore systems integration from a business and innovation perspective. Contributors delve deeply into the nature, dimensions and dynamics of the new systems integration, deploying research and analytical techniques from a wide variety of disciplinesincluding, the theory of the firm, the history of technology, industrial organization, regional studies, strategic management, and innovation studies. This wealth of research capability provides deep insights into the new model of systems integration and supports this with an abundance of empiricalevidence. The book is organized in three main parts. The first part focuses on the history of systems integration. Contributors trace the early history of systems integration using different industrial examples. The second part presents theoretical and analytical aspects of systems integration. Contributionsconcentrate on the regulatory and cognitive features of systems integration, the relationships between systems integration and regional competitive advantage, and the way in which systems integration supports the competitive advantage of firms. The third part takes industry and firm-levelapproaches. Contributions focus on different sectors and highlight the specificity of systems integration in various industrial domains, stressing its importance for systems integration in the case of complex capital goods, such as aircraft and telecommunications equipment, as well as consumergoods, such as personal computers and automobiles.

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Over the past decade or so, systems integration has become a key factor in the operations, strategy and competitive advantage of major corporations in a wide variety of sectors (e.g. computing, automotive, telecommunications, military systems and aerospace). Systems integration is a strategictask that pervades business management not o...

Professor Andrea Prencipe is Research Fellow at the Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex and Associate Professor of Management of Enterprises at University G. d'Annunzio, Pescara, Italy. His research interests include co-ordination and division of labour in high technology industries, organizational and ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:395 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.92 inPublished:April 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Richard Nelson: Preface1. Michael Hobday, Andrea Prencipe, and Andrew Davies: IntroductionPart I: The History of Systems Integration2. Harvey M. Sapolsky: Inventing Systems Integration3. Stephen B. Johnson: Systems Integration and the Social Solution of Technical Problems in Complex Systems4. Fredrik Tell: Integrating Electrical Power Systems: From Individual to Organizational Capabilities5. Keith Pavitt: Specialization and Systems Integration: Where Manufacture and Services Still MeetPart II: Theoretical and Conceptual Perspectives on Systems Integration6. Giovanni Dosi, Michael Hobday, Luigi Marengo, and Andrea Prencipe: The Economics of Systems Integration: Towards an Evolutionary Interpretation7. Andrea Prencipe: Corporate Strategy and Systems Integration Capabilities: Managing Networks in Complex Systems Industries8. W. Edward Steinmueller: The Role of Technical Standard in Coordinating the Division of Labour in Complex Systems Industries9. Massimo Paoli: The Cognitive Basis of System Integration: Redundancy of Context Generating Knowledge10. Henry Chesbrough: Towards a Dynamics of Modularity: A Cyclical Model of Technical AdvancePart III: Competitive Advantage and Systems Integration11. Michael H. Best: The Geography of Systems Integration12. Mari Sako: Modularity and Outsourcing: The Nature of Co-Evolution of Product Architecture and Organization Architecture in the Global Automotive Industry13. Akira Takeishi and Takahiro Fujimoto: Modularization in the Car Industry: Inter-Linked Multiple Hierarchies of Product, Production, and Supplier Systems14. Eugene Gholz: Systems Integration in the US Defence Industry: Who Does It and Why Is It Important?15. Maureen McKelvey: Changing Boundaries of Innovation Systems: Linking Market Demand and Use16. Andrew Davies: Integrated Solutions: The Changing Business of Systems Integration

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`Review from previous edition This valuable collection of papers gives new insights into systems integration through an understanding of the history, the underlying theoretical frameworks and the identification of emerging trends. The research is of relevance and importance to almost allbusiness sectors.'Technovation