ACADEMIC INSIGHTS AND KNOWLEDGE-BASE
Silverthread partners with organizations to provide an objective point of view that is backed by over 15 years of joint MIT Engineering and Harvard Business School research and development.
Design Rules: The Power of Modularity
by Carliss Baldwin & Kim Clark
In this book, Silverthread co-founder Carliss Baldwin (with Kim Clark) illustrates the means by which modularity helps innovation. She makes the case using many examples including a graphics controller, a motherboard, and a laptop computer. The book illustrates the means by which modularity in a system creates economic value and presents tools and techniques for thinking about and measuring modularity. Carliss persuasively argues that the modular design of the IBM/360 fundamentally transformed the field of computer architecture, and also transformed the structure and scale of the hardware and software industry by increasing the return on investment of R&D activities.