David J. Sumanth

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It is important that companies have an institutionalized approach to managing 'technology discontinuities' that occur when the saturation point is reached on an S-Curve, for a particular type of technology. There are inherent risks in choosing a new technology when the existing one is still in the 'growth' or 'maturation' stage. Yet, by switching to a new technology at the 'right' time, productivity gains can be in quantum leaps rather than in marginal increments. This paper presents a comprehensive productivity framework to study the challenges and opportunities in managing such discontinuities so that companies can minimize the chances for technological obsolescences and economic disasters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication Title
EditorsTarek M. Khalil, Bulent A. Bayraktar, Johnson A. Edosomwan
PublisherInderscience Enterprises Ltd
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)0907776132
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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    Sumanth, D. J. (1988). CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN MANAGING 'TECHNOLOGY DISCONTINUITIES' ON S-CURVES. In T. M. Khalil, B. A. Bayraktar, & J. A. Edosomwan (Eds.), Unknown Host Publication Title (pp. 271-279). Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.