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Overview

"This book develops a general 'logic', or heuristic of discovery, to explain the emergence of novelty in individual thought, organizations, industries, and economies. It draws on a variety of literatures, discussing theories of organizational learning, evolutionary and institutional economics, knowledge and language. It brings these together in a unifying framework, and applies that for an analysis of innovation systems and the management of learning." "Unification is based on the resource or competence-based view in economics, in combination with a theory of learning by interaction. The central theme of the book is the relation between stability and change. In business literature this theme appears in the relation between exploitation and exploration. In evolutionary economics it appears in the relation between selection and adaptation. The general heuristic shows how exploitation can provide the basis for exploration. The analysis is illustrated with many phenomena and empirical results from the different literatures."--BOOK JACKET.
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Review of previous edition: Bart Nooteboom has written a remarkable and valuable book. In it he draws from and weaves together conceptions and empirical research findings from a wide range of fields. The scholarship is a model of what interdisciplinary work should be. Nooteboom is concerned with knowledge, learning, and innovation, at a number of different levels - the individual, the firm, and society as a whole - and his work sheds a penetrating light on all of these. A reader interested in any or all of these subjects is bound to come away from this book with important new insights and understandings."--Richard R. Nelson, Columbia University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199240999
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bart Nooteboom is Professor of Organization in the Faculty of Management and Organization, Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Previous academic positions have included Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies in Wassenaar, the Netherlands (1998/99); Scientific Director of the Research Institute and Ph.D. School of the faculties of Management and Organization, Economics and Spatial Sciences at Groningen University (1994-1998); and Professor of Industrial Organization at Groningen University. Between 1991 and 1994 he was a member of a committee advising the Minister of Economic Affairs on technology policy. He has also worked for Shell International in both London and The Hague, and for the Research Institute for Small Business in the Netherlands. His current research is on the relation between innovation systems and organizational learning, and attempts to integrate economic issues of innovation with a constructivist perspective from sociology.

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Table of Contents

1 Purpose and Scope
Pt. I Building-Blocks
2 Management and Organization
3 Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Competence
4 Evolution
5 Institutions
6 Knowledge
7 Language
Pt. II Construction
8 A Theory of Interactive Learning
9 A Heuristic of Discovery
10 An Elaboration with Scripts
11 Integration and Disintegration
Pt. III Application
12 Innovation Systems
13 Organizational Learning
14 Conclusions and Further Research
15 Summary
Bibliography
Index
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