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life cy·cle

the entire life history of a living organism.
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life cycle

n.
1. The course of developmental changes through which an organism passes from its inception through the stage at which it reproduces.
2. A progression through a series of differing stages of development: the life cycle of a star.
3. The span of a product's existence from its initial development through the period of marketing and active use to eventual obsolescence.
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life cycle

the serial progression of stages through which an organism passes from FERTILIZATION to the stage producing the GAMETES. In higher animals and plants the life cycle lasts from fertilization until the resulting individual itself produces gametes, but in many organisms there are asexual stages. see ALTERNATION OF GENERATIONS.
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When the industry enters the recession period, the marginal output of the industry is reduced sharply or is even negative, indicating that the contribution of the industry to the society cannot offset its negative effect on the society and the positive effects during the early stages of industry life cycle are replaced by the negative effect in the latter stages of industry life cycle [28].
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Even if the ILC approach acknowledges the importance of entry from other industries, such entry is typically seen as an external shock that either reverses the industry life cycle or marks the birth of an entirely new industry.
This study used a seven-stage model of the industry life cycle (Robinson, 1998; Robinson & McDougall, 1998).
The model is capable of explaining key common industry life cycle elements as for example discussed by Porter (1980, pp.
As a proxy for the relevant content of industry life cycle, we used one four point Likert scale with each item anchored to measure whether sales growth in the industry was increasing rapidly (> 7% per year), increasing slowly (< 7% per year), remaining steady, or declining.
When the industry life cycle curve reaches full maturity, what will be the airline structure that the traveling public faces?
Crucially, Kim and Mauborgne reject the idea that a company's strategic options are determined by traditional industry life cycles.

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