Gaining competitive advantage through knowledge integration in a European industrialising economy

Tsekouras, George (2006) Gaining competitive advantage through knowledge integration in a European industrialising economy International journal of technology management, 36 (1/2/3). pp. 126-147. ISSN 0267-5730

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJTM.2006.009965

Abstract

'Traditional' theoretical tools used to analyse capability building in a development context tend to focus on the accumulation of technological resources, ignoring the significant managerial and organisational aspects of the innovation process. This paper has looked into the performance of eight leading food-processing firms in a typical European industrialising economy. The results show that managerial and organisational aspects and, more specifically, the integration of knowledge over time, across technologies and with suppliers and other external organisations, affect critically the overall innovative and competitive performance of companies. 'Integrative' companies managed to develop more product innovations; low integration ability was associated with lower rates of growth and profitability. The paper calls for practitioners and policymakers alike to look more into managerial and organisational arrangements, especially those that affect the ability of the firm to integrate their knowledge and for them to turn the integration principle to an overriding principle for their actions and policies.

Item Type:Journal article
Additional Information:Copyright Inderscience Publishers
Uncontrolled Keywords:capability-building process, technological capability, integration of knowledge, managerial and organisational processes
Subjects:N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N214 Organisational development
N000 Business and Management > N200 Management studies > N210 Management techniques > N215 Change and Innovation
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1504/IJTM.2006.009965
Faculties:Brighton Business School > Centre for Research in Innovation Management
ID Code:1987
Deposited By:editor centrim
Deposited On:03 Mar 2009
Last Modified:18 Jun 2010 12:31

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