Title: The epistemology of legacy systems
Author: Moritz Vischer, Roman Boutellier
Chair of Technology and Innovation Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland.
Chair of Technology and Innovation Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ), Switzerland
Abstract: Despite the ever-increasing variety of technological innovation, some products, ones in service, have a long operational life. Such 'Legacy Systems' can be in use for decades. Companies required to support such systems face the dilemma of having to safeguard knowledge and skills for a long time. Both a codification and a personalisation approach are needed. A case study involving the Swiss aerospace-defence industry and its legacy systems is presented. The paper introduces a methodological framework and promotes the use the technological gatekeeper for technology intelligence and knowledge management.
Keywords: legacy systems; knowledge management; technology planning; epistemology; organisational memory; Switzerland; aerospace industry; defence industry; technological gatekeepers; technology intelligence; codification; personalisation.
Int. J. of Technology Intelligence and Planning, 2011 Vol.7, No.1, pp.78 - 93
Available online: 14 Jul 2011