Lock-in, path dependence and the internationalization of QWERTY
|Starts:||13:00 26 Oct 2015|
|Ends:||14:00 26 Oct 2015|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||Manchester Institute of Innovation Research|
|Venue opening hours:||1-2pm (coffee from 12.30pm)|
|Who is it for:||University staff, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
We look at the adoption of QWERTY in Europe and find that each national variant represented a highly efficient adaptation to its specific environment and linguistic characteristics. It helps explain why QWERTY became QWERTZ in Germany, AZERTY in France and QZERTY in Italy. These findings are set in the context of QWERTY’s frequently cited role as paradigm case for path dependence. It provides further evidence that QWERTY was not an accident of history as commonly claimed (e.g. David), but was instead the product of rational design that would have been difficult to better with the tools available to its inventor at the time.
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