Critical Challenges Facing International Technology-Based Firms
`Review from previous edition Well written and easily readable ... Managers will profit from the recommendations, if only in the sense to widen their perspectives, and researchers with interests in knowledge management and interface management gain access to a particular stream of knowledge integration research together with some interesting proposals for further study.'
Klaus Brockhoff, R&D Management
`This book is an impressive achievement and tribute to the power of multidisciplinary longitudinal research. Through penetrating case studies and systematic literature reviews, the KITE researchers make an outstanding contribution to knowledge integration and innovation in businesses and industries'
Andrew Van de Ven, University of Minnesota
`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 of knowledge 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 in project-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
<br>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 ofCorporate Japan (Sage, 1997), Being local world-wide - ABB and the challenge of global management (Cornell, 1999), as well as many publications in journals such as Creativity and Innovation Management, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, R&D Management, Sloan Management Review, Technology Analysis, and Strategic Management and Technovation. <p>Anna Bergek is Associate Professor of Industrial Management, Linkoping University, and founding member of the KITE research programme. She has published articles on industry dynamics, firm strategy in relation to technical change, and innovation and energy policy in journals such as Energy Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Research Policy, Technovation, and Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. <p>Lars Bengtsson is Professor of Innovation Management at the Univeristy of Gavle and Professor within a PhD school at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm. He is a founding member of the KITE research programme and has published many articles and books on the subjects of continuous improvements, manufacturing strategies, and outsourcing. <p>Michael Hobday is Professor of Innovation Management at CENTRIM (Centre for Research in Innovation Management), Brighton Univeristy. As well as many journal publications, he is the author of various books including Innovation in East Asia: The Challenge to Japan (Edward Elgar, 1997), co-author of The Business of Projects: Managing Innovation in Complex Products and Systems (with Andrew Davies, CUP, 2005), and co-editor of The Business of Systems Integration (with Andrea Prencipe and Andrew Davies, OUP, 2003). <p><br>Jonas Soderlund is Professor at BI Norwegian School of Management and founding member of the KITE research programme. He has researched and published widely on the management and organization of projects and project-based firms and the evolution of project competence, including papers in Organization Studies, Human Resource Management, International Journal of Innovation Management, and International Business Review. He is the author or co-author of five books and one of the editors of The Oxford Handbook of Project Management.<br>
INTRODUCTION; 1. Exploring Knowledge Integration and Innovation; 2. Knowledge Integration and Innovation: A Survey of the Field; PART I: PEOPLE AND PROCESSES; 3. Knowledge Integration and Creation in Projects: Towards a Progressive Epistemology; 5. Inventors as Innovators and Knowledge Integrators; 6. Participants in the Process of Knowledge Integration; PART II: PROJECTS AND PARTNERSHIPS; 6. Knowledge Integration Processes in New Product Development: on the Dynamics of Deadlines and Architectures; 7. Knowledge Integration in Inter-firm R&D Collaboration: How do Firms Manage Problems of Coordination and Cooperation?; 8. Knowledge Integration in a P-form Corporation: Project Epochs in the Evolution of Asea/ABB 1945-2000; PART III: STRATEGIES AND OUTCOMES; 9. Knowledge Integration Challenges when Outsourcing Manufacturing; 10. Trade-Offs in Make-Buy Decisions: Exploring Operating Realities of Knowledge Integration and Innovation; 11. Creative Accumulation: Integrating New and Established Technologies in Periods of Discontinuous Change; CONCLUSION; 12. Lessons and Insights for Managers