Innovation of production technology, tacit knowledge and inter-organisational learning: towards an integrated framework of analysis and management

Fang Lee Cooke, Kok Khim Beh

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Two increasingly important themes have emerged in the strategic management literature: that of the knowledge-based view and that of networks and alliances for knowledge sharing. However, there remain insufficient studies on specific organisational and managerial mechanisms through which knowledge is appropriated. The increasing popularity of the notion of knowledge management has yet failed to bring management's attention to the skills and knowledge of wider groups of workforce rather than the professional groups. For example, there is insufficient understanding of how different groups of workers involved in a given type of production technology may interact with each other for the improvisation of the production technology. The aim of this conceptual paper is to propose an integrated approach to study the role of user involvement in the continuous innovation of production technology, using a multi-disciplinary and an inter-organisational framework for analysis. The paper identifies a range of factors which may affect the level of knowledge sharing among different groups of workers within and between organisations. This paper aims to make a contribution to the study and management of innovations in production technology.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Applications, Advanced Design, Production and Management Systems
EditorsJ. Cha, R. Jardim - Goncalves, A. Steiger - Garcao
PublisherSwets en Zeitlinger B.V.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)905809524X
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event International Conference on Concurrent Engineering 2003: Research and Applications, Advanced Design, Production and Management Systems - Madeira, Portugal
Duration: 26 Jul 200330 Jul 2003
Conference number: 10th


Conference International Conference on Concurrent Engineering 2003
Abbreviated titleISPE 2003

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