Discontinuous innovation and the defense innovation cycle

Adam Jay Harrison, Bharat Rao

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    Abstract

    This paper extends the concept of transilience mapping developed by Abernathy and Clark (1984) to model the cycle of innovation in the United States Department of Defense (DOD). Here, transilience is defined as the capacity of an innovation to influence the established technological paradigm in the DOD, which includes both the accepted methods of value creation and the resulting dominant designs. Examples of reinforcing and disruptive innovation in the DOD are mapped to the four modes of innovation (i.e., niche, architectural, regular, and revolutionary), and the concept of a defense innovation cycle based on the emergence of new dominant designs is introduced. The analysis shows that the relationship between technological innovations and dominant designs over time is associated with the extent to which new innovations are either consistent or inconsistent with the technological paradigm.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationPICMET 2018 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
    Subtitle of host publicationManaging Technological Entrepreneurship: The Engine for Economic Growth, Proceedings
    EditorsHarm-Jan Steenhuis, Kiyoshi Niwa, Gary Perman, Dundar F. Kocaoglu, Timothy R. Anderson, Dilek Cetindamar Kozanoglu
    PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
    ISBN (Electronic)9781890843373
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Oct 4 2018
    Event2018 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2018 - Honolulu, United States
    Duration: Aug 19 2018Aug 23 2018

    Publication series

    NamePICMET 2018 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Managing Technological Entrepreneurship: The Engine for Economic Growth, Proceedings

    Other

    Other2018 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology, PICMET 2018
    CountryUnited States
    CityHonolulu
    Period8/19/188/23/18

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Strategy and Management
    • Communication
    • Engineering (miscellaneous)
    • Management of Technology and Innovation
    • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Decision Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Harrison, A. J., & Rao, B. (2018). Discontinuous innovation and the defense innovation cycle. In H-J. Steenhuis, K. Niwa, G. Perman, D. F. Kocaoglu, T. R. Anderson, & D. C. Kozanoglu (Eds.), PICMET 2018 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Managing Technological Entrepreneurship: The Engine for Economic Growth, Proceedings [8481891] (PICMET 2018 - Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology: Managing Technological Entrepreneurship: The Engine for Economic Growth, Proceedings). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.23919/PICMET.2018.8481891