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Joel West’s
Research on Wireless Communications

Last Updated February 13, 2010

Joel’s research on wireless communications considers both adoption and production strategies by firms, as well as policies to promote and support adoption and use. See also his more general work on ICT standards and the San Diego Wireless Valley project. He also comments on Qualcomm and other San Diego firms at his SD Telecom blog. and on mobile phone related issues (such as Android and the iPhone) on his Open IT Strategies blog.

His current research on wireless communications is the book (currently in progress) on the origins of the San Diego telecommunications industry, tentatively entitled Digitizing Communications: From MIT to Qualcomm.

Unofficial copies of the paper are available by clicking on the title of the paper. Official copies (where copyright permits) can be reached by clicking on the DOI or by browsing the issue date.

Published Papers

Joel West and Michael Mace, “Browsing as the Killer App: Explaining the Rapid Success of Apple’s iPhone,” Telecommunications Policy, forthcoming in 2010, DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2009.12.002

Joel West, “Before Qualcomm: Linkabit and the Origins of the San Diego Telecom Industry,” Journal of San Diego History, 55, 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2009): 1-20.

Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “The Limits to IPR Standardization Policies as Evidenced by Strategic Patenting in UMTS,” Telecommunications Policy, 33, 1-2 (Feb.-March 2009): 80-97. DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2008.11.003

Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “Standards, Patents and Mobile Phones: Lessons from ETSI’s Handling of UMTS,” International Journal of IT Standards & Standardization Research, 7, 1 (January 2009), 13-34.

Joel West, “Commercializing Open Science: Deep Space Communications as the Lead Market for Shannon Theory, 1960-1973,” Journal of Management Studies, 45, 8 (December 2008), 1506-1532. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2008.00807.x

John L. King and Joel West, “Ma Bell’s Orphan: US Cellular Telephony, 1947-1996,” Telecommunications Policy 26, 3-4 (April/May 2002): 189-203. DOI: 10.1016/S0308-5961(02)00008-3

Joel West, “Qualcomm’s Standards Strategy,” Proceedings of the 2nd IEEE Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology, Boulder, Colorado (Oct. 2001): 62-76.

Joel West, “Institutional Constraints in the Initial Deployment of Cellular Telephone Service on Three Continents,” in Kai Jakobs, ed., Information Technology Standards and Standardization: A Global Perspective, Philadelphia: Idea Group, 2000, pp. 198-221.

Teaching Cases

Joel West and Justin Tan, “Qualcomm in China (A),” Asian Case Research Journal, 6, 2 (Dec. 2002): 85-100. Also published by Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Case 9B01M073, February 2003.

Joel West and Justin Tan, “Qualcomm in China (A),” Asian Case Research Journal, 6, 2 (Dec. 2002): 101-128. Also published by Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, Case 9B01M074, February 2003.

Joel West, “Qualcomm 2000: CDMA Technologies,” European Case Clearinghouse, Case 302-069-1, May 2002.

Joel West, “Qualcomm 2001: 3G Strategies,” European Case Clearinghouse, Case 302-070-1, May 2002. Reprinted in Sherrie Bolin, ed., The Standards Edge, Ann Arbor, Mich.: Sheridan Books, 2002, pp. 497-513.

Joel West, “Qualcomm 2002: Update,” European Case Clearinghouse, Case 302-069-9, May 2002.

Conference Presentations

Except as noted *, presented by Joel West

Joel West and David Wood, “Managing Open Innovation Networks: Lessons from Mobile Phones,” 6th HBS-MIT User and Open Innovation Workshop, Harvard Business School, August 5, 2008.

*Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “IPR Standardization Policies and Strategic Patenting in UMTS,” DRUID 2008 Summer Conference, Copenhagen, June 2008.

Joel West, “Commercializing Open Science: Deep Space Communications as the Lead Market for Shannon Theory, 1960-1973,” 2007 Technology Transfer Society Conference, Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007.

Joel West and Caroline Simard, “Tapping the Knowledge of Remote Universities: Technological Entrepreneurship in the San Diego Telecom Industry,” 2007 Technology Transfer Society Conference, Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 25, 2007.

Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “Managing Patents in Standardization: Lessons from ETSI’s Handling of UMTS,” 5th International Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology, Calgary, Oct. 19, 2007.

Joel West and Michael Mace, “Entering a Mature Industry Through Innovation: Apple’s iPhone Strategy,” DRUID 2007 Summer Conference, June 2007.

Michael Mace and Joel West, “Impact of the Apple iPhone on the Mobile Phone Industry,” LA Global Mobility Roundtable, June 2007.

Joel West and Caroline Simard, “Balancing Intrapreneurial Innovation vs. Entrepreneurial Spin-Offs During Periods of Technological Foment,” Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference, June 2006.

*Rudi Bekkers and Joel West, “The Effect of Strategic Patenting on Cumulative Innovation in UMTS Standardization,” DIME Workshop on Rules, Norms and Standards in the Institutional IPR Environment, London, March 23, 2006.

Joel West and Caroline Simard, “Knowledge Flows in New Firm Creation: Insights from San Diego’s Wireless Cluster,” Strategic Management Society, Knowledge & Innovation Interest Group pre-conference, November 2003.

Caroline Simard and Joel West, “The Role of Founder Ties in the Formation of San Diego’s ‘Wireless Valley’,” DRUID Summer Conference on Creating, Sharing and Transferring Knowledge, June 14, 2003.

Joel West, “Qualcomm’s Standards Strategy,” 2nd IEEE Conference on Standardization and Innovation in Information Technology, Boulder, Colorado, October 4, 2001.

Joel West and Vladislav Fomin, “National Innovation Systems in the Mobile Telephone Industry, 1946-2000,” Academy of Management conference, Technology & Innovation Management division, Washington, D.C., August 7, 2001.

Joel West and Vladislav Fomin, “Standards Divergence and the Locus of Innovation in the Cellular Industry,” The Evolution of Standards and Standardization Practices, Nokia Research Center, Helsinki, March 24, 2000.

*John L. King and Joel West, “Ma Bell’s Orphan: What Happened to U.S. Cellphone Service?” The Evolution of Standards and Standardization Practices, Nokia Research Center, Helsinki, March 24, 2000.

John Leslie King, Juha Knuuttila, Kari Lang and Joel West, “The Techno-Institutional Development of Standards in the Evolution of Global Cellular Telephony,” panel discussion, 19th Annual International Conference on Information Systems, Helsinki, Dec. 14, 1998.

Invited Presentations

“Remote Institutions as the Seed for a Technology Cluster: From MIT to Qualcomm,” Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, January 21, 2008

“Commercializing Open Science Deep Space Communications as the Lead Market for Shannon Theory, 1960-1973,” Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, January 18, 2008

“Explaining MIT’s Impact on Shannon Theory,” Chair of Strategic Management and Innovation, ETH Zürich, May 22, 2007 (Chapter 2 from the book Digitizing Communications)

“Balancing Intrapreneurial Innovation vs. Entrepreneurial Spinoffs: Learning from Linkabit,” College of Management of Technology, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, May 21, 2007

“Entering a Mature Industry Through Innovation: Apple’s iPhone Strategy,” Boston University, Information Systems Department, April 25, 2007; UC Irvine, Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO), May 2, 2007.

“MIT’s Golden Age of Information Theory, 1950-1965,” MIT Laboratory for Information & Decision Systems, April 24, 2007. (Chapter 2 from the book Digitizing Communications)

“The Role of Founder Ties in the Formation of San Diego’s ‘Wireless Valley’,” NorCOM Association, June 16, 2003.

“Development of Cellular Telephone Systems in the U.S., Europe and Japan,” Institute for Continued Learning, UCSD Department of Extended Studies (Sept. 26, 1997).

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