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Knowledge Integration and InnovationCritical Challenges Facing International Technology-Based Firms$
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Christian Berggren, Anna Bergek, Lars Bengtsson, Michael Hobday, and Jonas Söderlund

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199693924

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693924.001.0001

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Exploring Knowledge Integration and Innovation

Exploring Knowledge Integration and Innovation

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Knowledge Integration and Innovation

Christian Berggren

Anna Bergek

Lars Bengtsson

Jonas Söderlund

Oxford University Press

This introduction relates the principal idea behind the book — that knowledge integration is a vital part of the dynamics of the innovation process ߞ to previous literature on knowledge integration, with its focus on companies' ‘routine’ activities. It presents the book's main empirical focus: internationally competing technology-based firms in, for example, the automotive, heavy electrical equipment, packaging machinery, telecom, tooling, and aerospace industries. It also introduces three major trends that affect conditions for innovation and knowledge integration: internationalization of R&D and production, transformation of markets, and changes in the character of developments in science and technology. In contrast to most definitions, the introduction emphasizes that knowledge integration is more than combining, sharing, or transferring different knowledge bases; it is also a process of creating new knowledge. The introduction concludes with an overview of the twelve chapters, describing how they provide an understanding of knowledge integration as a multilevel process.

Keywords:   innovation process, knowledge integration, technology-based firms, internationalization, science and technology, multilevel process, R&D

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