Theories of technological innovation as useful tools for corporate strategy
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
Copyright © 1988 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Strategic Management Journal
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 15–29, January/February 1988
How to Cite
Butler, J. E. (1988), Theories of technological innovation as useful tools for corporate strategy. Strat. Mgmt. J., 9: 15–29. doi: 10.1002/smj.4250090103
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2006
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2006
- Manuscript Revised: 23 FEB 1987
- Manuscript Received: 15 APR 1985
Three theories of technology and innovation; the product-process concept, the meta-learning concept, and the concept of technological interdependence, are used to relate technology and innovation to strategic management. This paper attempts to identify complementary and unifying concepts in these theories, which are useful to strategic planners. Performance indicators, from the commercial airline industry, are used to illustrate how theoretical assumptions can be related to practical applications. Type of innovation, stage of development, learning at all levels, interdependence between technologies, and users' expectations all appear to play a role in the emergence of technologies and the rate of innovation.