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Title: Standards, critical mass, and the formation of complex industries: A case study of the mobile Internet
Authors: Funk, J.L. 
Keywords: Critical mass
Industry formation
Mobile Internet
Mobile phone
Network effects
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Citation: Funk, J.L. (2011-10). Standards, critical mass, and the formation of complex industries: A case study of the mobile Internet. Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M 28 (4) : 232-248. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This is one of the few papers to analyze multiple interface standards in a single industry and it finds that standard setting in such an industry is much more complex than those covered in the existing literature. In the mobile Internet, some of the interface standards initially required so-called integral design while others have been built on top of these "basic" interface standards. The former interface standards enable basic data connections between phones, services, and content while the latter ones connect the mobile phone with content and applications from other industries such as music, video, publishing, broadcasting, and payment. This paper shows that in connecting the mobile phone and other industries, each critical mass of phones, services, and content partly builds from previously created critical masses. © 2011 Elsevier B.V.
Source Title: Journal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
ISSN: 09234748
DOI: 10.1016/j.jengtecman.2011.06.002
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