FROM A FEW CRAFTSMEN TO AN INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF ALLIANCES: BOSCH DIESEL FUEL INJECTION SYSTEMS
DON E. KASH
ROBIN N. AUGER
The evolution of the fuel injection technology for diesel engines initiated and repeatedly innovated since 1922 by Robert Bosch GmbH of Stuttgart, Germany, is used to illustrate the management and policy adaptations necessary to carry out repeated innovations as technologies move through different innovation patterns â transformation (first-of-a-kind), transition (major redesign) and normal (incremental) â and as they evolve from simple to complex. Special attention is given to the role of cooperative alliances in the innovation, knowledge management and decision-making associated with the development of the diesel injection technology. As the technology has become ever more complex, the Bosch innovation activities have manifested a process of co-evolution between a continuously adapting network of supplier and user organisations and diesel injection technology that has occurred as part of an ever-changing environment (e.g., market, public policy).
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