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Business Systems and Organizational CapabilitiesThe Institutional Structuring of Competitive Competences$
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Richard Whitley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205172.001.0001

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The Institutional Structuring of Organizational Capabilities: Variations in Authority Sharing and Organizational Careers

The Institutional Structuring of Organizational Capabilities: Variations in Authority Sharing and Organizational Careers

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Business Systems and Organizational Capabilities
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Richard Whitley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205172.003.0006

This chapter explores the connection between institutional frameworks and variations in authority sharing and organizational careers, such that firms in contrasting institutional contexts are encouraged to develop different kinds of capabilities. These capabilities affect firms' competitive effectiveness in different sub-sectors, especially their ability to develop cumulative or radical innovations, such that economies with contrasting institutional arrangements develop relative strengths and weaknesses in different kinds of industries. In particular, employers' establishment of distinctive types of organizational careers in variously coordinated market economies influence employees' willingness to commit themselves to the continuous improvement of firms' knowledge and collective problem solving capacities, and hence enhance companies' learning capabilities.

Keywords:   authority sharing, organizational capabilities, organizational career, institutional frameworks

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