|Title of host publication||Wiley Encyclopedia of Management|
|Editors||Cary L. Cooper|
|Place of Publication||Chichester|
|Publication date||22 Jan 2015|
|Publication status||Published - 22 Jan 2015|
A technology tier is a level in a product system: final product, system, subsystem, component, or part. As a concept, it contrasts traditional “vertical” special technologies (for example, mechanics and electronics) and focuses “horizontal” feature technologies such as product characteristics, safety, comfort, or handling. Product functionality is in focus rather than product specifications. Suppliers take care of technical specialization, whereas further development of product functions takes place within the OEM.