Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation

Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation

by Dorothy Leonard-Barton, Dorothy Leonard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0875848591

ISBN-13: 9780875848594

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press

Why are some companies better at innovation than others? Drawing on the candid reflections of managers at leading technology-based companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Chaparral Steel, Microsoft, and Motorola, Wellsprings of Knowledge shows that the successful innovators are companies that build and manage knowledge effectively. The book reveals lessons for creating,…  See more details below

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Why are some companies better at innovation than others? Drawing on the candid reflections of managers at leading technology-based companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Chaparral Steel, Microsoft, and Motorola, Wellsprings of Knowledge shows that the successful innovators are companies that build and manage knowledge effectively. The book reveals lessons for creating, nurturing, and growing the experience and accumulated knowledge of the organization into renewable assets and competitive advantage. Leonard-Barton illustrates the dimensions of the core capabilities along which all organizations must innovate: skills and knowledge base, physical systems, managerial systems, and values and norms of behavior. However, these capabilities can function as "core rigidities" if not constantly assessed. Managers must design capabilities as evolving, organic reservoirs. Wellsprings of Knowledge will help managers understand the long-term, systemic, and people-based nature of technological advantage and inspire them to think constantly about the potential knowledge-building import of every technology-related decision they make.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875848594
Publisher:
Harvard Business Review Press
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 8.97(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1Core Capabilities3
2Core Rigidities29
3Shared Problem Solving59
4Implementing and Integrating New Technical Processes and Tools91
5Experimenting and Prototyping111
6Importing and Absorbing Technological Knowledge from outside of the Firm135
7Learning from the Market177
8Transferring Product Development Capabilities into Developing Nations215
9Continuous Wellsprings259
Notes269
References295
Index321
About the Author335

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