Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2009.03.007
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dc.titleComponents, systems and discontinuities: The case of magnetic recording and playback equipment
dc.contributor.authorFunk, J.
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-18T04:54:00Z
dc.date.available2014-06-18T04:54:00Z
dc.date.issued2009-09
dc.identifier.citationFunk, J. (2009-09). Components, systems and discontinuities: The case of magnetic recording and playback equipment. Research Policy 38 (7) : 1192-1202. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2009.03.007
dc.identifier.issn00487333
dc.identifier.urihttp://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/67715
dc.description.abstractUsing the history of magnetic recording and playback equipment, this paper explores the relationship between incremental improvements in components and technological discontinuities in systems. It finds that improvements in components have been the major source of all discontinuities in the industry. Focusing just on tape-based systems, all of the basic design approaches had been identified by the late 1950s and thus one of the largest technological challenges for firms has been to modify the design in response to improvements in the magnetic recording density of tape. This paper explores this phenomenon by analyzing data on equipment performance and price, and several design choices for the tape-based equipment. It shows how improvements in the magnetic recording density have changed the tradeoffs that exist between price and different dimensions of performance and between various design choices and thus led to about 10 technological discontinuities in magnetic tape system design. © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
dc.description.urihttp://libproxy1.nus.edu.sg/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2009.03.007
dc.sourceScopus
dc.subjectComponents
dc.subjectMagnetic recording
dc.subjectPlayback equipment
dc.subjectSystems
dc.subjectTechnological discontinuities
dc.subjectTradeoffs
dc.subjectUtility curves
dc.subjectUtility trajectory
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentDIVISION OF ENGINEERING AND TECH MGT
dc.description.doi10.1016/j.respol.2009.03.007
dc.description.sourcetitleResearch Policy
dc.description.volume38
dc.description.issue7
dc.description.page1192-1202
dc.description.codenREPYB
dc.identifier.isiut000269050900011
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