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Knowledge Integration and Innovation: Critical Challenges Facing International Technology-Based Firms
Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden.
Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden.
University of Gävle, Faculty of Engineering and Sustainable Development, Department of Industrial Development, IT and Land Management. University of Gävle, Center for Logistics and Innovative Production. (Industriell ekonomi)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8238-034X
Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, Sweden; Department of Leadership and Management, BI Norwegian School of Management, Norway.
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Abstract [en]

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 project groups, 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, and geographical locations has a major influence on its viability and success. This book demonstrates how knowledge integration is crucial in facilitating innovation within modern firms. This book 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 support for managers of knowledge integration in high technology enterprises.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. , 320 p.
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External knowledge, Innovation, Integration, Project groups, Strategic alliances, Technological complexity, Technology-based firms
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-9693DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693924.001.0001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84865539227ISBN: 978-0-19-969392-4 (print)ISBN: 978-019173058-0 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-9693DiVA: diva2:427702
Available from: 2011-06-28 Created: 2011-06-28 Last updated: 2017-01-10Bibliographically approved

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