Latecomer systems integration capability (LSIC) in complex capital goods: the case of Iran's electricity generation systems

M. Kiamehr, Michael Hobday, A. Kermanshah

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Abstract

This article introduces the concept of latecomer systems integration capability (LSIC) as a construct for theory development in the area of emergence and competitiveness of producers of complex capital goods from developing economies. The study draws on three bodies of the literature to conceptualize LSIC and then presents an in-depth case study of the development of LSIC in a major Iranian firm engaged in producing electricity generation systems. Although an exploratory study, the findings suggest that, in this case, LSIC evolved in a fairly short period of time from simple low-cost project management skills to innovative capabilities, supported by some sophisticated engineering and design know-how, leading to successes in local and overseas markets. The conclusion touches on the implications of the study for theory, business strategy, and policy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)689-716
Number of pages28
JournalIndustrial and Corporate Change
Volume23
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014

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