ADMS 1000 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: De Facto Standard, Mergers And Acquisitions, Dominant Design

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Readings- Chapter 6
The Industry Lifecycle Model
All industries evolve the same factors & phases from their early emergence & growth to their
eventual maturity & decline
Industry lifecycle model: almost all industries exhibit an inverted u-shaped growth pattern,
rising up to a peak & then declining as the industry ages
Evolution of the lifecycle is related to the evolution of technology within the industry
Technological innovations will trigger the start of a new cycle or the creation of a new
industry
4 distinct phases
Introductory phase: many entrepreneurial firms enter the industry. The firm is adopted by
customers, suppliers & other key components. Firms that dont conform to the emerging
standard exit the industry at the shakeout
Growth phase: The diffusion of an industry standard or dominant design is a critical step in
this stage
Mature phase: market stabilizes & sales grow more slowly. Firms must become more efficient
producers to lower costs & compensate for slower revenue growth. This is achieved through
mergers & acquisitions that result in higher industry concentration
Decline stage: sales drop & rivalry further heats up as the industry undergoes greater
consolidation through more mergers& the exit of insufficient firms
Lifecycle phases determines the degree of competition firms face, the type of organizational
structure/kind of strategy/approaches they need to survive & grow
Different types of firms hit certain stages at different times
This cycle framework represents the 5-force model, as it shows a firm at a specific point in
time
The Introduction Phase: Industry Emergence & Creation
New industries emerge as a result of changes (usually technological or regulatory)
Creates new opportunities for entrepreneurs to combine resources to create innovative
products, services or processes
Some industries are the outcome of government regulation that creates markets for new
products/services Ie, environmental protection act
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In this stage there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty about the future or market growth
In this stage there is also optimism among entrepreneurs
Producers experiment with different combinations
Firms are focused on research & development leads to many versions of technology
features
New markets are unstable; they have no clear boundaries
Its almost impossible to say which firms will succeed or not
The Quest for Legitimacy
Theorists focus on the institutional & social conditions that affect changing markets &
competitive forces
2 forms of legitimacy: socio-political & cognitive
Socio-political legitimacy: the support of an industry, activity, or organizational form by key
stakeholders & institutions such as the state, government officials, opinion leaders or the
general public
Cognitive legitimacy: the level of public knowledge of a new industry & its conformity to
established norms & methods of whats taken for granted as a desirable & appropriate
activity
All organizations require legitimacy in order to acquire from external stakeholders the
resources they need to survive & grow
Failure to follow legal rules or ethical norms leads to a organization to be perceived as
undesirable
Being new, small, unknown or unrecognized can cause a firm to lack legitimacy, as it has to
prove to its outsiders that it DOES conform to institutional norms
Start-up firms have a higher risk of failure
Ie, opening a new restaurant is better than a new text message advertising company; more
people are familiar with how restaurants normally work
The Growth Stage: Dominant Designs & Shakeouts
All about sales & market share
Begins when the market depends on a dominant design/approach
Dominant design: a single architecture that establishes dominance in a product class
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All industries evolve the same factors & phases from their early emergence & growth to their eventual maturity & decline. Industry lifecycle model: almost all industries exhibit an inverted u-shaped growth pattern, rising up to a peak & then declining as the industry ages. Evolution of the lifecycle is related to the evolution of technology within the industry. Technological innovations will t rigger the start of a new cycle or the creation of a new industry. Introductory phase: many entrepreneurial firms enter the industry. The fi rm is adopted by customers, suppliers & other key components. Firms that don"t conform to the emerging standard exit the industry at the shakeout.  growth phase: the diffusion of an industry standard or dominant design is a critical step in this stage.  mature phase: market stabilizes & sales grow more slowly. Firms must become more efficient producers to lower costs & compensate for slower revenue growth.