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Title: Technology evolution and the emergence of dominant design in the military industry
Author: Betancourt Arocha , Roberto A.
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2007
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In the study of innovations and their influence in development economics, scholars have used the concept of dominant design as a fundamental characterization in a number of models in order to explain the dynamics of innovation and of the industry at large. There is not a universally accepted concept of dominant design in the research community, although its notion has been proved effectively to explain the relationship between technological and industrial change, and the nature of competition, and more recently, researchers have shown an increased interest in standardising and formalising dominant design nomenclature. In the past thirty years, scholars have argued that dominant designs are a phenomenon that occurs at the level of the entire product and at the technological system level. However, no research has been found that examined the possibility of using dominant design in the military industry (MI). The MI complex has been generally defined as a coalition consisting of the military and industrialists who profit by manufacturing arms and selling them to the government. It is a vast industry in its own right. The aim of this study is to evaluate and determine the validity of dominant design in the MI by close examination of the submarine and the Submarine Industry (SI), which designs, develops, and builds these vessels. This research follows the track to academic and theoretical authorities on dominant design in the industry, by exploring technological indicators of over 380 submarine designs produced since the emergence of the. first commissioned submarine in 1900 until year 2000 and more than 4,280 submarines built in that period. The study used the data collected by the researcher in five different Navies (France, Germany, Russia, UK and U.S.). The thesis also shows the level of commitment of numerous shipyards in sustaining and ensuring the submarine industrial base by a long lasting relationship between the production and their furtherance in the navy's list.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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