Home networks combine components and technologies from the consumer electronics industry, the information technology industry, the telecommunications industry, and the home automation industry. Irrespective of the fact that the home network has been technically possible for many years, it has not become a practical reality. A major reason is the lack of generally accepted common standards. In this dissertation we develop a framework with which we can explain and predict which standard will have the highest chance of achieving dominance. We applied the framework to several standards battles and it appeared that it can be used to explain these standards battles better, when compared to existing frameworks in the literature. We applied a multi-attribute utility approach to standard selection and provide a first indication of weights for factors. Also, we have studied two factors in depth: the diversity in the network of actors that support a standard; and the flexibility of the standard. We provide a first indication that these variables influence standard dominance positively and reinforce each other.

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Keywords analytic hierarchy process, compatibility standards, dominant designs, flexibility, home networks, social networks, technological convergence, technology battles, technology management, technology selection
JEL Network Formation (jel D85), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Production Management (jel M11), Innovation and Invention: Processes and Incentives (jel O31), Management of Technological Innovation and R&D (jel O32)
Promotor J.C.M. van den Ende (Jan) , H.W.G.M. van Heck (Eric)
Publisher Erasmus University Rotterdam , Erasmus Research Institute of Management
Sponsor Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) Prof.dr. K. Blind Prof.dr. J. van Hillegersberg Dr. I. Oshri
ISBN 978-90-5892-205-2
Persistent URL hdl.handle.net/1765/16011
Series ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management
van de Kaa, G. (2009, May 26). Standards Battles for Complex Systems: Empirical Research on the Home Network (No. EPS-2009-166-LIS). ERIM Ph.D. Series Research in Management. Erasmus Research Institute of Management. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1765/16011