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Organizational Evolution with fuzzy Techological Formats: Tape Drive Producers in the World Market, 1951-1998

Carroll, Glenn R; Feng, Mi; Le Mens, Gael; McKendrick, David


We study how tape drive producers respond to the almost continuous emergence of new drive formats across the technology's history. The analysis characterizes the technological formats of tape drives according to their degree of contrast (distinctiveness and visibility) from other formats. We also develop and test arguments about how different types of tape drive manufacturers add and drop the production of formats as a function of the producer density of formats. In the empirical analysis, we...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Research in the Sociology of Organizations
DOI: 10.1108/S0733-558X(2010)0000031009


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