There is increasing interest in modularity in the midst of our ongoing electronic revolution. To understand the implications of modularity across technological, organizational, and institutional contexts, the editors have brought together in one place seminal articles on architectures, networks, and organizations.These articles address modularity from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and from multiple levels of analyses. The applicability of original insights to contemporary business environments as well as updates are summarized in fresh commentaries by each author. The volume itself is designed to be modular. At the same time, it has been designed to highlight key interdependencies across the concepts of modularity, networks, architectures, and organizations. Readers are encouraged to make connections among different domains and to formulate new research questions and hypotheses. The book includes a commentary co-authored by the late Nobel Laureate Herbert A. Simon, to whom the book is dedicated.
Raghu Garud is Associate Professor of Management and Organizational Behavior at Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. Besides authoring many articles on modularity that have been published in leading management journals, Raghu has co--edited and co--authored several books, including Path Dependence and Creation (2001), The Innovation Journey (1999), and Technological Innovation: Oversights and Foresights (1997). He was Program Chair for the Technology and Innovation Management Division for the 2001 Academy of Management meetings. Arun Kumaraswamy is Assistant Professor of Management at the School of Business -- Camden, Rutgers University. He has published several papers on modularity and standards in journals such as the Academy of Management Journal and the Strategic Management Journal. Richard N. Langlois is Professor of Economics at the University of Connecticut. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including Firms, Markets, and Economic Change: A Dynamic Theory of Business Institutions (1995). His history of the microcomputer industry won the Newcomen Award as the best article in Business History Review in 1992.