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

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Nils Stieglitz

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management; University of Southern Denmark - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) - Department of Marketing & Management

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Stieglitz, Nils, 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=996592

Nils Stieglitz (Contact Author)

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University of Southern Denmark - Strategic Organization Design Unit (SOD) - Department of Marketing & Management ( email )

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