The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

The Nature and Dynamics of Organizational Capabilities

Synopsis

How do organizations develop, maintain, and advance their organizational capabilities and knowledge? What happens between intention and outcome? What are the processes, information flows, coordination, control, and communication systems involved? What is the influence of the institutionalcontext upon the evolution of corporate competences?The purpose of this book is to offer both theoretical analysis and detailed evidence from a number of studies at the levels of individual firms, sectors, and broader international patterns. These enable a richer understanding of the processes involved and highlight their contributions to businessperformance. The book includes chapters from leading international researchers with detailed analyses of the auto, pharmaceutical, electronics, and financial services sectors. It presents novel theoretical insights into the relationships between organizational structures and organizational capabilities, thepatterns of accumulation of technological knowledge, and the management of competence-building in changing markets.

Excerpt

This book has painstakingly but excitingly emerged from an international research project which originally grew at the International Institute of Applied System Analysis (IIASA), Laxemburg, Austria within the Technological and Economic Dynamics (TED) Project and was completed drawing on the precious support of the 'Dynacom' Project financed by the European Union (under the TSER/DG XII Programme).

It has been made possible by the enthusiastic effort of a wide invisible college of scholars who accepted to forgo any reasonable cost-benefit analysis in terms of time investment vs. financial rewards in order to contribute to an enterprise which at the start most would have regarded as a far-cry into the properties of self-organization. At least in the judgement of the editors of this book, it turned out to be indeed a major success, possibly a future reference in the field.

It is hopeless to try to acknowledge all friends and colleagues who contributed with their comments and criticism throughout the process. Within the large community of collaborators who made this book possible, we would like just to mention the patient and loyal help of Yasmine Taher, our secretary at IIASA, who motherly followed the vicissitudes of chapter contributors and editors of the book.

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