Managing Knowledge Integration across Boundaries
In this book, we argue that knowledge specialization, differentiation, and distribution are increasingly important features of the world. New knowledge boundaries are created, which makes managing knowledge integration a key challenge for organizations. This chapter provides an overview of the general problem of knowledge integration across boundaries, the purpose of the book, and the contributions of each chapter. The introduction also presents five themes that connect the findings presented in ensuing chapters: (1) learning about other’s capabilities; (2) using or creating collective knowledge; (3) combining and absorbing knowledge for innovation; (4) organizational design for the management of differentiated knowledge; (5) boundary-spanning individuals. This thematic presentation is followed by brief outlines of each chapter.
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