Linked by Dmitrij D. Czarkoff on Fri 31st Aug 2007 08:54 UTC
Editorial This article is an answer to "Competition Is Not Good" by Kroc and reading it wouldn't be comfortable without switching to and from the original article. I wrote it just because I do strongly disagree with Kroc and I believe I can prove that he is not as close to truth as it may seem from the first glance.
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RE: sssh
by korpenkraxar on Fri 31st Aug 2007 10:30 UTC in reply to "sssh"
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Agreed! It would be nice to have real scholar and journalist commenting these ideas and pointing to a variety of empirical cases. My guess is that the truth varies from case to case.

Speaking as yet an other amateur, my gut feeling is that competition may potentially be problematic when important infrastructure standards are to be implemented, as perhaps necessity is a more important driving factor. Being able to reach an agreement enables business and a playing ground for competition. Maybe looking into the history of important projects like NMT/GSM, TCP/IP, HTML and POSIX to name a few could provide some insight.

Finally, "successful" competition assumes that consumers are well educated and that sellers are able to compete by the actual merits of their products, which I think is very seldom the case. See for instance the recent OOXML SIS/ISO voting debacle in Sweden where Microsoft seems to have bought the preliminary outcome.

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