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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||تعداد صفحات مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی|
|15434||2006||13 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید|
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Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Japan and the World Economy, Volume 18, Issue 2, March 2006, Pages 181–193
A prime consideration of technological competition is the observation that firms are engaged in a race toward a larger market share. A major focus is the strategic orientation of corporations in participating in such a race, revealing empirically observable phenomena such as ‘catch-up’ and ‘leapfrogging’, as supported by statistical measurements. A statistical profiling of technological evolution and innovation is analyzed as it relates to competitive racing and rivalry among leading firms. Among the performance criteria to be assessed are frequency of frontier pushing, technological domination period, innovations versus imitations in the race, innovation frequency when behind or ahead, nature of jumps, leapfrogging or frontier-sticking, inter-jump times and jump sizes, race closeness measures, and interfrontier distance. A tentative policy conclusion of the paper is that technological racing patterns on a micro scale reinforce globalization and limit control of national and industry policy.
The striking pattern that emerges in firms’ innovative activities is that the firms’ rival for a technological leadership position in situations best described as ‘races’. A ‘race’ is an interactive pattern characterized by firms constantly trying to get ahead of their rivals, or trying not to fall too far behind. In high technology industries, where customers are willing to pay a premium for advanced technology, leadership translates into increased returns in the market. Each race involves only a subset of the firms in the industry, and the activity within each race appears to strongly influence the behaviour of the firms within that race. Surprisingly, the races share broad similarities. In particular, firms which fall behind, in their race, display a robust tendency to accelerate innovative effort in order to catch-up. In contrast to any existing way of looking at the evolution of technology, racing behaviour recognizes the fundamental importance of strategic interactions between competing firms. Thus, firms take their rivals’ actions into account when formulating their own decisions. The prescription and description of industrial racing patterns can be viewed as identifying objectives for performance evaluation of firms, industries, regions and national economies: (a) A key objective is to explore and explain which type of ‘racing behaviour’ is prevalent in global high technology industries, as exemplified by information technology (semiconductors, computers, telecommunications) industries. The pattern evolving from such racing behaviour would be benchmarked against the frontier racing type of the global technological leaders. (b) Another objective is to draw policy inferences on market structure, entrepreneurship, innovation activity, industrial policy and regulatory frameworks in promoting and hindering industry frontier races in a global industrial context. (c) Given the statistical profile of technological evolution and innovation for respective global industries, how does it relate to competitive racing and rivalry among the leading firms? Among the performance criteria to be assessed are frequency of frontier pushing, technological domination period, innovations versus imitations in the race, innovation frequency when behind or ahead, nature of jumps, leapfrogging or frontier sticking, inter-jump times and jump sizes and race closeness measures. (d) An empirical proliferation of racing in these global industries can be explored, comprising of datasets identifying ‘relationship between technological positions (ranks) of firms in successive years’ (10–25-year period).
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
We show how dynamic competition and hyper-competition evolved in the past and what competition in the future would look like, whether the rate of technological advancement in the industry has changed over the last 25 years, and whether divergence or convergence of frontier and catch-up races deserves attention. Furthermore, there are at least two interesting issues regarding the rate of technological advancement. The first relates to the efforts of the firms over time, and the second relates to the translation of these efforts into results: 1. Our approach entails a statistical profiling of industry racing behaviour for selected high technology industry cases. Such statistical profiling on an industrial economy level would be helpful to aid policy makers to improve industrial and microeconomic structural policies. 2. The results yield valuable, policy relevant information on the level of technological frontiers among European corporations, in leading edge, high growth and structurally dynamic industries in view of major competitors on the world frontier. 3. Unlike other (statistical) indicators (EC, 2001), referring to the degree of competitiveness among industries, regions and countries concerned, the proposed measures cover behavioural, dynamic movements in respective industries, and therefore are able to lend intrinsic predictive value to crucial economic outcomes relating to economic growth and wealth creation. 4. The results are likely to provide strategic support for industrial and technology policy in a European context and enable policy makers to identify strengths and weaknesses of relevant players and their environments in those markets. The statistical indicators derived can be adapted and extended to other high growth and fast developing industries.