This project has looked into how and why digital technology has turned out to have disruptive effects in many industries. It drew upon an extensive study of the Facit archives in Åtvidaberg, as well as former data collection related to Hasselblad and the shift to digital imaging. In total, two weeks were spent going through archival data in Åtvidaberg and interviews were performed with the former top management of Facit. The Hasselblad case has been studied over a couple of years, about 50 hours of interviews and follow-up sessions have been conducted here, as well as some archival studies.
This work has so far resulted in three papers (Sandström et al., 2009; Sandström, 2010; Sandström, 2010).
Sandström, C., Magnusson, M., Jörnmark, J. (2009) Exploring factors influencing incumbents’ response to disruptive innovation, Creativity and Innovation Management, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 8-15.
Sandström, C. (2010) High-end disruptive technologies with an inferior performance, Accepted for publication in International Journal of Technology Management.
Sandström, C. (2010) Hasselblad and the shift to digital imaging, submitted to the Annals of the History of Computing.