Learning and Knowledge Management in the Firm

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Learning and Knowledge Management in the Firm

From Knowledge Accumulation to Strategic Capabilities

9781840642049 Edward Elgar Publishing
Gabriela Dutrénit, Professor, Department of Economics and Postgraduate Program in Economics and Management of Innovation, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Xochimilco and General Coordinator, Scientific and Technological Advisory Forum, Mexico
Publication Date: 2000 ISBN: 978 1 84064 204 9 Extent: 352 pp
Strategic management literature has, until now, concentrated on the analysis of how large innovative firms maintain, rebuild, or renew strategic capabilities. This important book illustrates the complex transition process involved as firms accumulate knowledge and develop new types of knowledge management to build the primary strategic capabilities.

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Strategic management literature has, until now, concentrated on the analysis of how large innovative firms maintain, rebuild, or renew strategic capabilities. This important book illustrates the complex transition process involved as firms accumulate knowledge and develop new types of knowledge management to build the primary strategic capabilities.

The book addresses all areas of the process including how technological capability is initially achieved through to how the firm approaches the international technological frontier. Based on a detailed case-study of a multinational Mexican firm, this insightful book argues that there is no simple progression from the accumulation of technological capability to the management of knowledge as a strategic asset.

The wealth of evidence, analysis and discussion will ensure this work will be of immense value and interest to scholars, researchers, business managers and development economists alike.
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‘. . . this is a substantive contribution to the literature on capability development, one which breaks new ground on a hitherto little understood aspect of the knowledge management literature: knowledge management issues related with transition stage. . . Few researchers have addressed the full complexity of the transition process of capability development, drawing on such an impressive set of data and over such an extended period of time. By doing so, the book provides a range of new insights into knowledge management issues related with the process of capability development, namely, those related to the organizational knowledge creation within a latecomer firm. It should be read and discussed.’
– Muriela Pádua, Journal of Evolutionary Economics
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Contents: 1. Introduction Part I: Theoretical and Contextual Background 2. Building Technological Capabilities in Different Theoretical Traditions 3. The Role of Knowledge Management in Re-building Strategic Capabilities 4. Methodology 5. Overview of the Technology, the Industry and the Firm Part II: The Process of Building Up Technological Capabilities from the Earliest Days On 6. The Process of Building up the Minimum Essential Knowledge Base: 1909–70 7. Starting a Transition Process Towards Building up Strategic Capabilities, 1970–90 8. The Fragility of the Transition Process in the 1990s Part III: Knowledge Management Problems Underlying the Truncated Transition Process 9. Features of Knowledge Management Contributing to the Truncated Transition Process 10. Factors Influencing the Knowledge Management Features 11. Conclusions Bibliography Index
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