The Flexible Firm: Capability Management in Network Organizations

Paperback | November 1, 2001

EditorJulian Birkinshaw, Peter Hagstrom

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The pace of change in the business world is becoming faster. This book provides a detailed account of the network-like organizational forms that some firms are adopting to make themselves more flexible and responsive to changing technologies and customer demands. As these organizations becomemore pervasive, the winners will be those firms that develop the specific capabilities that are needed to thrive in a networked world. Paradoxically, such capabilities are developed not only at the firm level, but also in the relationships the firm has with its external network and in the operatingunits within the firm. This perspective has implications for the 'resource-based view of the firm' in the field of strategic management, suggesting that the development of capabilities is a more complex and multi-level process than was traditionally thought.This book brings together eleven chapters, each focusing on a particular aspect of capability development in the networked firm. It is based on research in five big Swedish firms (Ericsson, Volvo, Skandia, Pharmacia and Upjohn, SE Banken) as well as a number of other well-known firms such as HP andABB. The book will be essential reading for advanced students in strategy and international business wanting to keep abreast of current thinking and company practices.

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The pace of change in the business world is becoming faster. This book provides a detailed account of the network-like organizational forms that some firms are adopting to make themselves more flexible and responsive to changing technologies and customer demands. As these organizations becomemore pervasive, the winners will be those fi...

Julian Birkinshaw is Assistant Professor of Strategy and International Management at the London Business School. His research focuses on strategy and organization in large multinational firms, and on such issues as entrepreneurship, network organization, and knowledge management. He is the author of Entrepreneurship in the Global Firm...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.59 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199248559

ISBN - 13:9780199248551

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Julian Birkinshaw and Peter Hagstrom: Introduction1. Julian Birkinshaw: Network Relationships Inside and Outside the Firm, and the Development of CapabilitiesPart I: Managing Relationships in the External Network2. Maurizio Sobrero and Omar Toulan: Task Partitioning, Communication Activities, and the Performance of Supplier Relations in Product Development3. Julian Birkinshaw, Omar Toulan, and David Arnold: Global Account Management: Linking External Demands with Internal AbilitiesPart II: Innovation in the External Network4. Henrik Bresman: The Experience-Curve of Capability Management5. Patrick Regner: Strategy in the Periphery: The Role of External Linkages in Strategy Creation6. Stefan Jonsson: Innovation in the Networked Firm: The Need to Develop New Types of Interface Competence7. Robin Teigland: Communities of Practice in a High-Technology FirmPart III: Managing the Internal Network8. Julian Birkinshaw and Carl F. Fey: Building an Internal Market System: Insights from Five RandD Organizations9. Niklas Arvidsson: Knowledge Management in the Multinational Enterprise10. Peter Hagstrom: New Wine in Old Bottles: Information Technology Evolution in Firm Strategy and Structure11. Peter Hagstrom: Relaxing the Boundaries of the Firm