The Evolution of Business Knowledge

Paperback | May 6, 2008

EditorHarry Scarbrough

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This book challenges much of the rhetoric about the role of knowledge in business. Although top managers hail knowledge and learning as the source of their competitive edge, the rich empirical studies presented in the book question this top-down perspective. By exploring the role of knowledge across the whole value chain of business activities from the academics in the business school to the owner-managers of the small local firm, the book finds that knowledge is not an easily managed resource. Since it emerges from the way people interact, it is noteasily moved or changed even as business pressures change. The detailed empirical studies contained in this book have been undertaken by some of the UK's leading management researchers. They range from knowledge producing institutions such as business schools and the scientific professions, through intermediaries such as consultants and lobby group to theapplication of knowledge by firms, large and small, across a variety of industrial sectors. Their findings challenge many of the naive assumptions behind Knowledge Management and similar initiatives. While top managers and policy-makers applaud its crucial importance, these characteristics mean thatin practice the knowledge-base of the firm is too easily neglected by managers who are more concerned with the day-to-day pressures of business life .

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This book challenges much of the rhetoric about the role of knowledge in business. Although top managers hail knowledge and learning as the source of their competitive edge, the rich empirical studies presented in the book question this top-down perspective. By exploring the role of knowledge across the whole value chain of business ac...

Harry Scarbrough is a professor at Warwick Business School and the Director of the ESRC's Evolution of Business Knowledge (EBK) research programme. His research on knowledge and learning in organizations has been published in a wide range of international journals and in several books. Harry is also co-founder of IKON (Innovation, Kno...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:456 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:May 6, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199229600

ISBN - 13:9780199229604

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Table of Contents

1. Harry Scarbrough: IntroductionSection I: Management Knowledge in Action2. Richard Thorpe: The Evolution of Business Knowledge in SMEs3. John Storey, Graeme Salaman, Richard Holti, and Thomas Diefenbach: Managers' Roles in the Evolution of Business Knowledge4. Mark Easterby-Smith: Organizational Learning and Dynamic Capabilities: Strategy and Operations5. Ken Starkey: The Business School in a Changing Knowledge LandscapeSection II: Organizing Knowledge for Innovation6. Charles Baden-Fuller and Joanne Jin Zhang: Knowledge Integration, Project Practice: How Mentors Build Knowledge Networks in High-Tech Start-Ups7. Joseph Lampel: Joint Action and Individual Agendas: Knowledge Integration and Reputations as Resource in the Film Industry8. Jacky Swan: The Evolution of Biomedical Knowledge: Interactive Innovation in the UK and US9. Kenneth Amaeshi and Harry Scarbrough: The Dynamics of Networked Innovation10. Jennifer Whyte, Boris Ewenstein, Mike Hales, Joe Tidd, and David Gann: Managing Knowledge Representation in DesignSection III: The Impact of Relationships on the Sharing of Knowledge11. Andrew Sturdy: Management Consultancy in Action: Knowledge Forms, Boundaries, Contexts, and Practices12. J. Burchell, J. Cook, G. Hanlon, and P. Athwal: Shaping Knowledge Through Dialogue: Stakeholder Dialogue and Organizational Learning13. Hannah Knox, Damian O'Doherty, Theo Vurdubakis, and Chris Westrup: Knowledge, Expertise, Information Technology, and the Affliction of MidasSection IV: Making Knowledge an Asset14. Christine Greenhalgh and Mark Rogers: The Measurement and Valuation of Intangible Assets in the Service Sector15. Chris Hendry: Facilitating Innovation Through the Measurement and Management of Intangibles16. Charles Booth, Peter Clark, Agnes Delahaye, Stephen Procter, and Michael Rowlinson: Organizational Memory and Social Memory17. Harry Scarbrough: Conclusions