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Taking a Value-Chain Perspective on Innovation

Taking a Value-Chain Perspective on Innovation

mit.edu - Kristina McElheran. Kristina McElheran is an assistant professor of strategy at the University of Toronto. She joined the university in 2014 after five years at the Harvard Business School and one year as a visiting scholar at MIT. McElheran conducts empirical research on the link between information technology and the organizational and market contexts that enable companies to thrive in the digital age. This essay draws from a research brief originally published by the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and from the research paper “Do Market Leaders Lead in Business Process Innovation? The Case(s) of E-business Adoption.”

Market leaders have many advantages when it comes to adopting new technologies. They have the benefit of size, which can generate economies of scale. …

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