A new approach for understanding dominant design: The case of the ink-jet printer

Neil Clymer*, Shigeru Asaba

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We study dominant design strategies concerning the allocation of technological resources for ink-jet printers. We find that the dominant design for each firm can be quantitatively represented by the number of ink-jet patents in nine categories of a matrix that distinguishes patents according to method of implementation and type of module. Further, we find that annual firm ink-jet revenue from 1990 through 2000 is positively correlated with a balanced dispersion of patents across the nine categories. Results suggest that higher revenues will accrue to firms in integrated industries when resources are balanced among important sub-technologies in the dominant design.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-156
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Sept
Externally publishedYes


  • Dominant design
  • Ink-jet printing
  • Patents
  • Technology strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial relations
  • Engineering(all)
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


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