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The Dismantling of the Japanese Model in Consumer Electronics - The Case of the digital Amplifier

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This paper addresses an issue of great importance for the future organization of the consumerelectronics industry: the "battle" of control over component-based digitization. We are nowwitnessing the dismantling of the Japanese Model that has prevailed in consumer electronicsover the past 30 years. Specialized and large-scale component suppliers have taken the lead inmost component-based innovations and have obtained increasingly powerful positions in thevalue chain of consumer electronics. This paper provides an in-depth study of the strategic andstructural ramifications of one such component-based innovation, the current transformation ofsound amplification from conventional to digital amplifiers. We study the early formation of thisnew technology as especially reflected in the particularly dynamic cluster of innovation inDenmark and extend the analysis to the global strategizing around this new technology. Aframework is developed to explain the reluctance of most of the large consumer electronicsgiants in developing/adopting this new technology.Key words: Consumer electronics, Industrial dynamics, Open InnovationJEL Codes: L6, L68, O32

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Jens Frøslev Christensen, Michael Holm Olesen, Jonas Kjær

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7201

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