Software variety and hardware value: A case study of complementary network externalities in the microcomputer software industry

Tom Cottrell, Kenneth W Koput

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We estimate the effects of software provision on the valuation of hardware in the early microcomputer industry, covering the period 1981-1986. Since hardware and software technologies 'co-evolve,' a discussion of the economic and technological relationships is provided to clarify the nature of the relationship between software variety and hardware price.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)309-338
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Engineering and Technology Management - JET-M
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Computer platforms
  • Microcomputer technology
  • Network externalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Strategy and Management
  • Information Systems and Management

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