The Making of Convergence: Knowledge Reuse, Boundary Spanning, and the Formation of the ICT Industry
Journal article, 2021

While mastering technology and industry convergence are essential for firms across a growing number of industries, convergence is often rapid and abrupt, challenging firms to develop appropriate strategic responses. Focusing on the historical convergence between information technology and communication technology, we examine the microlevel behaviors of scientists initiating and driving convergence. Analyzing a bibliometric dataset of 257 641 scientific articles, we demonstrate how industry convergence manifests in a microlevel scientific convergence, preceding industry convergence by several decades. Our article contributes to the literature on convergence by developing new bibliometric measures for scientific convergence, and by contrasting microlevel behaviors that underpin convergence. Based on our findings, we offer a set of methods and strategies to assist managers in technology-based businesses with anticipating and responding to convergence in a timely manner.

Shape

Bibliometrics

Silicon carbide

Patents

information and communication technology (ICT)

Indexes

microfoundation

convergence

technology development

Convergence

strategy

Industries

Bibliometric

Author

Fredrik Hacklin

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

Martin Wallin

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Joakim Björkdahl

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

Georg von Krogh

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH)

IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management

0018-9391 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press

Subject Categories

Business Administration

DOI

10.1109/TEM.2021.3087365

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