The evolution of network industries: lessons from the conquest of the online frontier, 1979-95
Campbell-Kelly, Martin, Garcia-Swartz, Daniel D. and Layne-Farrar, Anne. (2008) The evolution of network industries: lessons from the conquest of the online frontier, 1979-95. Industry and Innovation, Vol.15 (No.4). pp. 435-455. ISSN 1366-2716Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13662710802239513
In this paper we dissect the competitive dynamics of a network industry that has not been systematically studied in the past-the consumer-oriented online networks of the pre- 1995 era. After briefly reconstructing the historical evolution of the industry we focus on a number of issues at the intersection of theory and data: the importance of direct and indirect network effects, tipping to a dominant player and the entry strategies adopted by two different waves of entrants. We also analyse price wars and the displacement of the leader in the first half of the 1990s. In the final section we focus on some remaining puzzles that suggest directions for further theoretical and empirical research.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Electronic computers. Computer science. Computer software
|Divisions:||Faculty of Science > Computer Science|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Computer networks -- Economic aspects, Online information services -- Economic aspects, CompuServe (Online service), Source Telecomputing Corporation|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Industry and Innovation|
|Number of Pages:||21|
|Page Range:||pp. 435-455|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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