Incumbent heterogeneity in creative destruction: a study of three Dutch newspaper organisations

H. van Moorsel, Zi-Lin He, J.A. Oltmans, Theo W.C. Huibers

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    With a study of three Dutch newspaper organisations, we identify four dimensions along which incumbent response to discontinuous change may differ: response timing (early or late), size of commitment to the new business (big or small), progression of commitment to the new business (continuous or intermittent), and approaches to bridging the capability gap (internal development, strategic alliance, or acquisition). These response strategies are neither mutually exclusive nor static, and their relative focus differs over time as well as across incumbents. Such inter-temporal and cross-sectional variations in response strategies are influenced by various incumbent-specific characteristics and shaped by interrelated contingencies internal or external to incumbents.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)1051-1070
    Number of pages20
    JournalTechnology analysis & strategic management
    Issue number10
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012


    • incumbent heterogeneity
    • disruptive innovation
    • EWI-23031
    • Adaptation
    • path dependence
    • METIS-296281
    • IR-84266

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