Learning and Innovation in Organizations and Economies

Paperback | August 15, 2001

byBart Nooteboom

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This book develops a general 'logic', or heuristic of discovery, to explain the emergence of novelty in individual thought, organizations, industries, and economies. It draws on a variety of literatures, discussing theories of organizational learning, evolutionary and institutional economics,knowledge and language. It brings these together in a unifying framework, and applies that for an analysis of innovation systems and the management of learning.Unification is based on the resource or competence-based view in economics, in combination with a theory of learning by interaction. The central theme of the book is the relation between stability and change. In business literature this theme appears in the relation between exploitation andexploration. In evolutionary economics it appears in the relation between selection and adaptation. The general heuristic shows how exploitation can provide the basis for exploration. The analysis is illustrated with many phenomena and empirical results from the different literatures.

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This book develops a general 'logic', or heuristic of discovery, to explain the emergence of novelty in individual thought, organizations, industries, and economies. It draws on a variety of literatures, discussing theories of organizational learning, evolutionary and institutional economics,knowledge and language. It brings these toge...

Bart Nooteboom studied mathematics and econometrics. He worked in industry, was appointed Professor of Industrial Organization at Groningen University in 1987, and is now Professor of Organization at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. He has published widely in the areas of entrepreneurship and small business; industry and technology poli...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:358 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.79 inPublished:August 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Purpose and ScopePart I: Building-blocks2. Management and Organization3. Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Competence4. Evolution5. Institutions6. Knowledge7. LanguagePart II: Construction8. A Theory of Interactive Learning9. A Heuristic of Discovery10. An Elaboration with Scripts11. Integration and DisintegrationPart III: Application12. Innovation Systems13. Organizational Learning14. Conclusions and Further Research15. Summary

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`Review from previous edition Bart Nooteboom has written a remarkable and valuable book. In it he draws from and weaves together conceptions and empirical research findings from a wide range of fields. The scholarship is a model of what interdisciplinary work should be. Nooteboom is concernedwith knowledge, learning, and innovation, at a number of different levels - the individual, the firm, and society as a whole - and his work sheds a penetrating light on all of these. A reader interested in any or all of these subjects is bound to come away from this book with important new insightsand understandings.'Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University