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Technology, Knowledge and the Firm

Implications for Strategy and Industrial Change Edited by the late Ken Green, formerly Professor of Environmental Innovation Management, Marcela Miozzo, Professor in Innovation Studies and Paul Dewick, Lecturer in Technology Management, Institute of Innovation Research, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, UK
There is a long-standing tradition of research that highlights the importance of differences in the organizational and technological capabilities of firms and their effect on economic performance. This book expands on this theme by exploring the role of knowledge and innovation in firm strategy and industrial change. Underlying the volume is the belief that firms have distinctive methods of operation and that these processes have a strong element of continuity.
Extent: 320 pp
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Publication Date: 2005
ISBN: 978 1 84376 877 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Innovation
  • Innovation and Technology
  • Innovation Policy
  • Knowledge Management
  • Organisational Innovation
There is a long-standing tradition of research that highlights the importance of differences in the organizational and technological capabilities of firms and their effect on economic performance. This book expands on this theme by exploring the role of knowledge and innovation in firm strategy and industrial change. Underlying the volume is the belief that firms have distinctive methods of operation and that these processes have a strong element of continuity.

The authors examine the role played by firms in developing, linking and utilizing the knowledge produced in many different social institutions in order to advance their organizational and technological skills. They demonstrate how understanding the manner in which firms enhance their capabilities is essential for recognizing how the economy operates and changes as a whole. To help illuminate the crucial role of knowledge and innovation, the authors use international data and insightful case studies of firms from throughout the world. These include biotechnology in Portugal, oil in Scotland, telephone/internet banking in France and Sweden, and fuel cell development in the US and Europe.

This broad-ranging book will be of immense worth to scholars and students in the fields of innovation, R&D management, technology management, organization studies and industrial innovation.
Contributors: V. Acha, C. Antonelli, L. Chetioui, P. Dewick, M. Dodgson, J. Finch, M. Fontes, D.M. Gann, K. Green, M. Hirooka, J. Howells, S. Hultén, R.L. Jensen, J.A. Köhler, M. Miozzo, A. Nyberg, A. Salter, R.J.W. Tijssen, F. Valentin, R. van der Hoed, P.J. Vergragt
Contents: Introduction Part I: Knowledge and the Firm 1. Craft and Code: Intensification of Innovation and Management of Knowledge 2. The Economics of Governance: The Role of Localized Knowledge in the Interdependence Among Transaction, Coordination and Production 3. Innovation, Consumption and Knowledge: Services and Encapsulation Part II: Innovation and Firm Strategy 4. Paths to Deepwater in the International Upstream Petroleum Industry 5. Consumers and Suppliers as Co-Producers of Technology and Innovation in Electronically Mediated Banking: The Cases of Internet Banking in Nordbanken and Société Générale 6. Technological Shifts and Industry Reaction: Shifts in Fuel Preference for the Fuel Cell Vehicle in the Automotive Industry 7. Distant Networking? The Out-Cluster Strategies of New Biotechnology Firms 8. New Science and Old Industries: Adoption of Biotechnology in European Food Companies 9. Commercialization of Corporate Science and the Production of Research Articles Part III: Long-Term Technological Change and the Economy 10. Making (Kondratiev) Waves: Simulating Long-Run Technical Change for an Integrated Assessment System 11. Nonlinear Dynamism of Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Index