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Description - Design Rules by Carliss Y. Baldwin

We live in a dynamic economic and commercial world, surrounded by objects of remarkable complexity and power. In many industries, changes in products and technologies have brought with them new kinds of firms and forms of organization. We are discovering new ways of structuring work, of bringing buyers and sellers together, and of creating and using market information. Although our fast-moving economy often seems to be outside of our influence or control, human beings create the things that create the market forces. Devices, software programmes, production proceses, contracts, firms and markets are all the fruit of purposeful action: they are designed. Using the computer industry as an example, Carliss Y. Baldwin and Kim B. Clark develop a powerful theory of design and industrial evolution. They argue that the industry has experienced previously unimaginable levels of innovation and growth because it embraced the concept of "modularity", building complex products from smaller sub-systems that can be designed independently yet function together as a whole. Modularity freed designers to experiment with different approaches, so long as they obeyed the established "design rules". Drawing upon the literatures of industrial organization, real options and computer architecture, the authors provide insight into the forces of change that drive today's economy.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262024662
ISBN-10: 0262024667
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 206mm x 36mm)
Pages: 483
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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