The Role of Enabling Technologies in Transformative Innovation

DS 94: Proceedings of the Design Society: 22nd International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED19)

Year: 2019
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Marion, Tucker; Friar, John
Series: ICED
Institution: Northeastern University
Section: Design management
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ISSN: 2220-4342


This study is an exploratory analysis of enabling technologies? influence on the trajectory of industry development using a co-evolutionary model of technology development. When combined, enabling technologies can create new technology-market industry cycles, resulting in transformative innovation. The research approach of this empirical study is to use both primary and secondary data to create a history of the robotics industry and to explore the pre and post changes in the industry from the inclusion of enabling technologies over multiple generations. We propose a new model for understanding the theoretical and practical study of technology development through the lens of enabling technologies and their development and maturity cycles.

Keywords: Technology, Market implications, Case study


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