Managing Performance in Networked-service Sectors: The Theory and Practice of Control Systems Innovation

Paul Nightingale, Tim Brady, Andrew Davies, Jeremy Hall

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Abstract

This paper presents a new theoretical explanation of how the management of control systems’ innovation can be used to improve the economic performance of firms in certain service sectors. In particular it focuses on service sectors where control systems can be used to co-ordinate the flow of goods, traffic, materials, funds, or information through complex supply, production or distribution systems. The paper examines how they increase productivity by improving the utilisation of installed capacity, creating economies of system that are distinct from the traditional manufacturing economies of scale, speed and scope. A framework is developed that explains what sectors they are important in, and how innovation in component technologies relates to organisational changes. It is illustrated by case studies of three sectors: elevators, telecommunications and investment banking.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEURAM 2002
Publication statusPublished - 2002
EventEURAM 2002 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 1 Jan 2002 → …

Conference

ConferenceEURAM 2002
Period1/01/02 → …

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Socio-technical systems
  • Control
  • Complex product systems (CoPS)

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    Nightingale, P., Brady, T., Davies, A., & Hall, J. (2002). Managing Performance in Networked-service Sectors: The Theory and Practice of Control Systems Innovation. In EURAM 2002