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An analysis of the strategic management of technology in the context of the organizational life-cycle

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas Kochan. en_US Klosterman, Steven W. (Steven William), 1959- en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US 2006-03-24T18:00:22Z 2006-03-24T18:00:22Z 2000 en_US 2000 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design & Management Program, 2000. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 148-151). en_US
dc.description.abstract High-technology, new-economy firms seem to operate under different rules than their old-economy counterparts. The fast pace of disruptive invention, rapid product development cycles, short product market life and intense, frequently unanticipated competition drive technology strategies. Organizational growth and tight labor markets for talented employees influence technology capacity and capabilities. Valuation and profitability measurements seem to violate long-standing financial trends. All these reinforce a perception that these firms represent a radical departure from the stoic, traditional organization. This thesis explores the product development and organizational history of a leading high technology firm, Sun Microsystems. Using a model based upon the organizational life cycle and principles of systems architecture, we capture the common and unique characteristics of how the firm is dealing with changing markets, technology, complexity and growth. The study tests the hypothesis that, while Sun competes in a fast-paced arena, many problems experienced during periods of rapid growth are, in fact, endemic to any organization under similar circumstances. As this hypothesis holds, we look at current technology and process initiatives in the company to assess whether they are appropriately addressing the right issues. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Steven W. Klosterman. en_US
dc.format.extent 151 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title An analysis of the strategic management of technology in the context of the organizational life-cycle en_US
dc.title.alternative analysis of technology management strategies in the context of the organizational life-cycle en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 47918846 en_US

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