Knowledge Integration and Innovation: Critical Challenges Facing International Technology-Based…

Paperback | February 15, 2013

EditorChristian Berggren, Anna Bergek, Lars Bengtsson

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Technology-based firms continue to compete primarily on innovation, and are continuously required to present new solutions to an exacting market. As technological complexity and specialization intensifies, firms increasingly need to integrate and co-ordinate knowledge by means of projectgroups, diversified organizations, inter-organizational partnerships, and strategic alliances. Innovation processes have progressively become interdisciplinary, collaborative, inter-organizational, and international, and a firm's ability to synthesize knowledge across disciplines, organizations, andgeographical locations has a major influence on its viability and success.This book demonstrates how knowledge integration is crucial in facilitating innovation within modern firms. It provides original, detailed empirical studies of prerequisites, mechanisms, and outcomes of knowledge integration processes on several organizational levels, from key individuals, projects,and internal organizations, to collaboration between firms. It stresses the need to understand knowledge integration as a multi-level phenomenon, which requires a broad repertoire of organizational and technical means. It further clarifies the need for strong internal capabilities for exploiting external knowledge, reveals how costs of knowledge integration affect outcomes and strategic decisions, and discusses the managerial implications of fostering knowledge integration, providing practical guidance and supportfor managers of knowledge integration in high-technology enterprises.

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Technology-based firms continue to compete primarily on innovation, and are continuously required to present new solutions to an exacting market. As technological complexity and specialization intensifies, firms increasingly need to integrate and co-ordinate knowledge by means of projectgroups, diversified organizations, inter-organiza...

Christian Berggren is Professor of Industrial Management, Linkoping University, and Director of the KITE research programme. He has written or co-authored several books on production and product development in international firms, such as The Volvo experience (MacMillan, 1992), The Resilience of Corporate Japan (Sage, 1997), Being loc...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pagesPublished:February 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780199666324

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Introduction1. Christian Berggren, Anna Bergek, Lars Bengtsson and Jonas Soderlund: Exploring Knowledge Integration and Innovation2. Fredrik Tell: Knowledge Integration and Innovation: A Survey of the FieldPart I: People and Processes3. Lars Lindkvist, Marie Bengtsson and Linnea Wahlstedt: Knowledge Integration and Creation in Projects: Towards a Progressive Epistemology5. Hans Andersson and Christian Berggren: Inventors as Innovators and Knowledge Integrators6. Jonas Soderlund and Karin Bredin: Participants in the Process of Knowledge IntegrationPart II: Projects and Partnerships6. Thomas Magnusson and Nicolette Lakemond: Knowledge Integration Processes in New Product Development: on the Dynamics of Deadlines and Architectures7. Mattias Johansson, Mattias Axelson, Cecilia Enberg and Fredrik Tell: Knowledge Integration in Inter-firm RandD Collaboration: How do Firms Manage Problems of Coordination and Cooperation?8. Jonas Soderlund and Fredrik Tell: Knowledge Integration in a P-form Corporation: Project Epochs in the Evolution of Asea/ABB 1945-2000.Part III: Strategies and Outcomes9. Lars Bengtsson, Mandar Dabhilkar and Robin von Haartman: Knowledge Integration Challenges when Outsourcing Manufacturing10. Mandar Dabhilkar and Lars Bengtsson: Trade-Offs in Make-Buy Decisions: Exploring Operating Realities of Knowledge Integration and Innovation11. Anna Bergek, Christian Berggren and Thomas Magnusson: Creative Accumulation: Integrating New and Established Technologies in Periods of Discontinuous ChangeConclusion12. Mike Hobday and Anna Bergek: Lessons and Insights for Managers

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"This book offers the first systematic account of what we currently know about knowledge integration in organizations and its link with innovation. In addition to synthesizing this rapidly developing field of research in a structured and accessible way, the authors extend our understanding ofknowledge integration in several important directions. In particular, the book explores the process of knowledge integration among teams, the role of knowledge integration in innovation, how knowledge integration occurs across separate firms, and the characteristics of knowledge integration inproject-based organizations. A refreshing feature of the book is the linkage it provides between scholarly developments in knowledge integration and practical aspects of knowledge management in organizations." --Robert M. Grant, Eni Professor of Strategic Management, Bocconi University, Milan, Italy