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dc.contributor.advisorJonathan L. S. Byrnes.en_US
dc.contributor.authorBassalee, Wassimen_US
dc.contributor.otherSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-16T16:34:00Z
dc.date.available2015-12-16T16:34:00Z
dc.date.copyright2013en_US
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/100356
dc.descriptionThesis: S.M. in Engineering and Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Engineering Systems Division, System Design and Management Program, 2013.en_US
dc.descriptionCataloged from PDF version of thesis.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 61-62).en_US
dc.description.abstractCompanies in the high-tech industry can pursue a range of strategies around delivering value to their customers. A technology focus strategy enables organizations to offer to their customers products that feature best-in-class performance along certain parameters. A solution focus strategy enables organizations to offer their customers an integrated set of products and services that are customized for their specific contexts. A tradeoff often exists between the two strategies and organizations have to choose the mix of resource allocation between technology investments and solution investments. Determining the appropriate balance between technology focus and solution focus is often an area of struggle for high-tech companies. This thesis uses literature research to identify existing frameworks for determining where a company should be on the continuum between technology focus strategy and solution focus strategy and when a company should shift, expand, or contract its footprint along that continuum. The thesis will then examine a sample of companies that occupy varying technology/solution focus positions, evaluate the applicability of the frameworks in the case of these companies as well as use the frameworks to try to justify any repositioning that those companies may have undergone or are currently undergoing and possibly to make suggestions on a future strategic course.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Wassim Bassalee.en_US
dc.format.extent62 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.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.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectEngineering Systems Division.en_US
dc.subjectSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.titleBalancing technology-focused and solution-focused strategies in the high-tech industryen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M. in Engineering and Managementen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Engineering Systems Division.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.identifier.oclc931082330en_US


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