Digital Dynamics and Types of Industry Convergence: The Evolution of the Handheld Computers Market
THE NEW INDUSTRIAL DYNAMICS OF THE NEW DIGITAL ECONOMY, Jens Frosley Christensen and Peter Maskell, eds., pp. 179-208, Cheltenham, UK, 2003
Posted: 1 Jul 2007
One recurrent theme in the discussion about the salient features of the digital economy is the claim that industries like telecommunications, computing, and entertainment are converging. While the notion of industry convergence of industry convergence is often used to characterize industrial dynamics, it is seldom clearly defined. The paper develops a taxonomy that allows for the identification and disentanglement of different drivers of industry convergence. The taxonomy is applied to an analysis of the handheld computer industry. It is shown that different types of industry convergence shaped corporate strategy and competitive dynamics in this particular industry, making the industry a particularly interesting case for studying convergence.
Keywords: industry convergence, industry evolution, corporate strategy, Personal Digital Assistant (PDA)
JEL Classification: L63, M13
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