A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization

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Abstract

What are the socio-technical processes leading to a dominant design? The processes leading from two competing designs for light personal self-propelled transportation vehicles to one dominant design shortly after the turn of the 19th. century has not before been studied with a socio-technical theory and its associated mapping technique. The social-technical analysis adds to prior research on dominant design by explicitly equally considering both social and technical aspects and provide a method to map and analyze the processes for two competing designs. Prior research has stressed the importance of high market shares for defining a wining dominating design, but despite the electric vehicle’s higher market share in the years 1899-1900 it was surpassed by the internal combustion vehicle. The socio-technical analysis departs from a narrative based on historical accounts on the competition between the electric vehicle and the internal combustion vehicle from late 1890 - until 1909. The analysis shows that the electric vehicle did not successfully attract new allies or overcome resistance from anti-programs to the same degree as the internal combustion vehicle. Findings suggest that some of the issues with few allies and anti-programs that emerged already during the late 1890'ties is still active in today's market and haunts the electric vehicle.
What are the socio-technical processes leading to a dominant design? The processes leading from two competing designs for light personal self-propelled transportation vehicles to one dominant design shortly after the turn of the 19th. century has not before been studied with a socio-technical theory and its associated mapping technique. The social-technical analysis adds to prior research on dominant design by explicitly equally considering both social and technical aspects and provide a method to map and analyze the processes for two competing designs. Prior research has stressed the importance of high market shares for defining a wining dominating design, but despite the electric vehicle’s higher market share in the years 1899-1900 it was surpassed by the internal combustion vehicle. The socio-technical analysis departs from a narrative based on historical accounts on the competition between the electric vehicle and the internal combustion vehicle from late 1890 - until 1909. The analysis shows that the electric vehicle did not successfully attract new allies or overcome resistance from anti-programs to the same degree as the internal combustion vehicle. Findings suggest that some of the issues with few allies and anti-programs that emerged already during the late 1890'ties is still active in today's market and haunts the electric vehicle.

Conference

Conference77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management
Number77
LocationGeorgia
CountryUnited States
CityAtlanta
Period04/08/201708/08/2017
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Keywords

  • Dominant design
  • Scio-technical graph analysis
  • Electric vehicle
  • Internal combustion vehicle
  • Automobile
  • Car

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Christiansen, J. K., & Varnes, C. (2017). A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization. Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.12096abstract
Christiansen, John K. ; Varnes, Claus. / A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization. Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.39 p.
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A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization. / Christiansen, John K.; Varnes, Claus.

2017. Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States.

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Christiansen JK, Varnes C. A Socio-technical Mapping and Analysis of Dominant Design Materialization. 2017. Paper presented at 77th Annual meeting of the Academy of Management, Atlanta, United States. Available from, DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2017.12096abstract