Wellsprings of Knowledge: Building and Sustaining the Sources of Innovation

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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.

Drawing on the candid reflections of managers at leading technology-based companies, this book 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.

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Barton (business administration, Harvard Business School) reveals lessons for creating and developing the experience and accumulated knowledge of an organization into renewable assets and competitive advantage. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875848594
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Pages: 334
  • Product dimensions: 6.11 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 Core Capabilities 3
2 Core Rigidities 29
3 Shared Problem Solving 59
4 Implementing and Integrating New Technical Processes and Tools 91
5 Experimenting and Prototyping 111
6 Importing and Absorbing Technological Knowledge from outside of the Firm 135
7 Learning from the Market 177
8 Transferring Product Development Capabilities into Developing Nations 215
9 Continuous Wellsprings 259
Notes 269
References 295
Index 321
About the Author 335
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