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Title: Choice of standards as a competitive strategy in high tech markets : a cross sectional study of UK businesses
Author: Riley, Debra Lynn
ISNI:       0000 0001 3518 9235
Awarding Body: University of London: London Business School
Current Institution: London Business School (University of London)
Date of Award: 2004
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In high technology markets, standards represent a source of competitive advantage for firms, influencing both business performance and technological development. Although previous approaches have suggested characterising standards along dimensions such as performance levels or functionality, the concept of a standard has not received much formal attention. In this thesis, I construct a typology to delineate product standards based on the interrelationships between: (i) components within the product, (ii) the product and other products, and/or (iii) the product and the user (Dhebar 1995). Drawing from marketing, business strategy and industrial organisation economics literature, I develop a framework linking firm, demand and industry characteristics to a firm's choice of standard to pursue. I argue that various antecedent factors may have opposing influences on the choice of standard, with implications for the positional advantage achieved by the firm. Survey data were collected from 234 marketing or technology managers from a representative sample of over 1700 high technology companies. The results supported the hypotheses that specific antecedent factors (reputation, learning costs, consumer heterogeneity, a radical innovation and appropriability) influence the type of standard pursued by a firm.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
Keywords: Competition ; Electronics industry ; Standards and specifications