Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/217431
Authors: 
Casalini, Annachiara
Fioretti, Guido
Pyka, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] Journal of Organization Design [ISSN:] 2245-408X [Volume:] 5 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 6 [Pages:] 1-16
Abstract: 
Distributed control is a technology and a design philosophy that, albeit superior to centralized control, cannot spread because it would require restructuring existing industries. It survives, however, in specific market niches. In this case-study we report on a small firm creating a novel market niche for distributed control. It is an engineering firm, where commitment to a fascinating technology generates the ability to turn serendipitous encounters into business opportunities. Because of deep beliefs motivating people to commit their lives in spite of substantial difficulties, we speak of a technological ideology. We submit that, in this case, a technological ideology is key to explain the ability to explore novel possibilities, or the technology of foolishness according to James March.
Subjects: 
Technology of foolishness
Playfulness
Technological ideology
Distributed control
Internet of things
Market niche
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Creative Commons License: 
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Document Type: 
Article

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