Our study explores the intricate relationships between technology evolution and innovation, informing the mutual forbearance hypothesis. We propose that in high technology industries, the hypothesis is governed by the stage of technology evolution and is not deterministic. We show how mutual forbearance increases progressively as technology evolves from the emergence phase to the maturity phase. Then, based on a convenient sample of firms from the disk drive industry between 1991 and 1995, an era of ferment prior to the establishment of the dominant design, we examine our hypothesis and find support for mutual forbearance in the mature phase of the technology lifecycle.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Business and International Management
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Management of Technology and Innovation