The Role of Enabling Technologies in Transformative Innovation
Editor: Wartzack, Sandro; Schleich, Benjamin; Gon
Author: Marion, Tucker; Friar, John
Institution: Northeastern University
Section: Design management
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/dsi.2019.135
This study is an exploratory analysis of enabling technologies? influence on the trajectory of industry development using a co-evolutionary model of technology development. When combined, enabling technologies can create new technology-market industry cycles, resulting in transformative innovation. The research approach of this empirical study is to use both primary and secondary data to create a history of the robotics industry and to explore the pre and post changes in the industry from the inclusion of enabling technologies over multiple generations. We propose a new model for understanding the theoretical and practical study of technology development through the lens of enabling technologies and their development and maturity cycles.