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Globalization and innovation (Part 2)

Posted by Arun Uday on July 9, 2007

In my last post on the same topic, I discussed how technology development centers in emerging (and typically low cost) markets could play an important role in nurturing disruptive technologies. In this post, I’d like to present the flip side, which is that globalization also has the opposite effect on innovation, of shrinking the window of opportunity for technology companies to earn a premium for innovative products, before the market gets swamped by replicas and imitations from low cost producers. But, before doing that, , it will be helpful to study the typical revenue pattern for a technology company. The typical price curve for any technology product/service is depicted in the figure below. Read the rest of this entry »

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