Fusion of Disruptive Technologies: . Lessons from the Skype Case

Bharadwaj Rao, Bojan Angelov, Oded Nov

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we study the effects of integration of one or more disruptive innovations and ask if the resultant (new) innovation can have a dramatic impact on new and existing markets, and the resultant technology paradigm. We describe the evolution and dynamics of this process using Skype as a case in point. Skype successfully fused peer-to-peer computing (P2P) techniques and voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) to create a new standard and operating model. We discuss whether such integration of disruptive technologies may lead to a "marriage of equals" or whether it leads to dominance by a single technology - and if so, in what circumstances.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)174-188
    Number of pages15
    JournalEuropean Management Journal
    Volume24
    Issue number2-3
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2006

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    Keywords

    • Communications
    • Disruptive innovation
    • Fusion
    • Integration
    • P2P
    • Peer-to-peer
    • Skype
    • Standards
    • Telephony
    • VoIP

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    • Strategy and Management

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    Fusion of Disruptive Technologies : . Lessons from the Skype Case. / Rao, Bharadwaj; Angelov, Bojan; Nov, Oded.

    In: European Management Journal, Vol. 24, No. 2-3, 04.2006, p. 174-188.

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    Rao, Bharadwaj ; Angelov, Bojan ; Nov, Oded. / Fusion of Disruptive Technologies : . Lessons from the Skype Case. In: European Management Journal. 2006 ; Vol. 24, No. 2-3. pp. 174-188.
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