Standards, interoperability and innnovation in infrastructure

A request via Michelle Brook on Twitter: what has been written about the relationship – in the context of large scale infrastructure – between standards/interoperability and innovation? A quick search via Google Scholar revealed a few papers, mainly about communications networks. Other than that, all I could think of was Pierre-Richard Agenor’s [amazon_link id=”0691155801″ target=”_blank” ]Public Capital, Growth and Welfare[/amazon_link]. Oh, and also business history case studies such as Bernard Carlson’s terrific [amazon_link id=”0691165610″ target=”_blank” ]Tesla[/amazon_link] biography, Jon Gernter’s [amazon_link id=”1594203288″ target=”_blank” ]The Idea Factory[/amazon_link], or maybe [amazon_link id=”0787971545″ target=”_blank” ]Fast Second[/amazon_link] by Geroski and Markides. But if others have other suggestions, please do add them – or let Michelle, @MLBrook, know.

[amazon_image id=”0691155801″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Public Capital, Growth and Welfare: Analytical Foundations for Public Policy[/amazon_image]  [amazon_image id=”0691165610″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age[/amazon_image] [amazon_image id=”1594203288″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation[/amazon_image]  [amazon_image id=”0787971545″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Fast Second: How Smart Companies Bypass Radical Innovation to Enter and Dominate New Markets (J-B US non-Franchise Leadership)[/amazon_image]

4 thoughts on “Standards, interoperability and innnovation in infrastructure

  1. I would add:
    – Where the wizards stay up late: the history of internet
    – Dealers of Lightening: The history of Xerox Parc that came up with Laser printers, Ethernet, Modern Computers, etc ..
    – The Big Roads (history of the highway system in the US)
    – The Box (that you recommended) about containers
    – From the American System to Mass Production (1800-1932)

    I hope they are relevant.

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