Winning the Hardware Software Game book Winning the Hardware-Software Game

Using Game Theory to Optimize the Pace of New Technology Adoption

Innovators of new technology systems requiring users to combine both hardware and software components often face delays in adoption of their new systems.  Users will not buy the hardware until enough software or content is available, while at the same time software providers will not provide content until enough users have adopted the new system.  This book examines the dynamics of this adoption process and provides methods for optimizing the pace of adoption of new technology systems.     Read more...

“Intellectual capital can be as ephemeral as the Holy Grail. In Arthurian legend, when Sir Galahad was allowed to gaze directly into the Grail's divine mysteries, he renounced the material world and was borne aloft on angels' wings. That won't do for a business executive, who needs to make intellectual mysteries serve material purposes.”


-- Thomas A. Stewart

Why is network anatomy so important to characterize? Because structure always affects function.

– Steven H. Strogatz

Networks that seek commercial success must develop and maintain the ability not only to change in the face of highly competitive environments, they must also be able to adapt in ways that influence that environment.

– Robert Rycroft

“Everyday inventors don’t let themselves be limited like the rest of us do. They open their minds to the possibilities.”

– Rini Paiva, US National Inventors Hall of Fame

Yet the secret of evolution is the continual emergence of complexity. Simplicity brings a spareness, a grit; it cuts the fat. Yet complexity makes organisms like us possible in the first place.

– W. Brian Arthur

Natural selection may explain the survival of the fittest, but it can not explain the arrival of the fittest.

– Hugo De Vries

Recommended Readings
  • Margaret M. Blair and Steven M. H. Wallman, Unseen Wealth: The Report of the Brookings Task Force on Intangibles. Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC; 2001.
  • Leif Edvinsson and Michael S. Malone, Intellectual Capital: Realizing Your Company's True Value by Finding Its Hidden Brainpower. Harper Business, New York, NY; 1997.
  • Baruch Lev, Intangibles: Management, Measurement, and Reporting. Brookings Institution Press, Washington, DC; 2001.
  • Gordon V. Smith and Russell L. Parr, Valuation of Intellectual Property and Intangible Assets, 3rd Edition. John Wiley & Sons; 2002.
  • Patrick H. Sullivan, Profiting from Intellectual Capital: Extracting Value from Innovation. John Wiley & Sons; 1998.