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Knowledge Coordination, Competence Creation and Integrated Networks in Globalised Firms

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    It is argued in this article that the main problem for the modern, globalized firm is not one primarily of the unequal distribution of information, but rather of the difficulty of mobilizing and integrating fragmented forms of localized knowledge. In such a context, the role of new means of telecommunication and cooperative working is investigated. It is shown that networking favors a transparent mode of governance characterized by interlinked actors and their continuous stimulation. Thus, the conceptualization of the globalized firm as a collection of competences offers a framework for analyzing governance mechanisms, involving the issue of incentives. Copyright 1999 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Cambridge Journal of Economics.

    Volume (Year): 23 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 2 (March)
    Pages: 225-41

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:cambje:v:23:y:1999:i:2:p:225-41

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    2. Stam, F.C., 2006. "A Process Model of Locational Change in Entrepreneurial Firms: An Evolutionary Perspective," ERIM Report Series Research in Management ERS-2006-014-ORG, Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), ERIM is the joint research institute of the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) at Erasmus Uni.
    3. Alain Nurbel & Ibrahim Ahamada, 2008. "Investissements directs étrangers entrants et développement : l'enjeu de la capacité d'absorption," Mondes en développement, De Boeck Université, vol. 0(3), pages 79-96.
    4. Gary Cook & Naresh Pandit & Hans Loof & Bˆrje Johansson, 2011. "The Influence of Clustering on MNE Location and Innovation in Great Britain," ERSA conference papers ersa10p1489, European Regional Science Association.
    5. Scott, Allen J., 2010. "Cultural economy and the creative field of the city," MPRA Paper 32108, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    6. Ash Amin & Patrick Cohendet, 2000. "Organisational Learning and Governance Through Embedded Practices," Journal of Management and Governance, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 93-116, March.
    7. Eve Caroli, 2007. "Internal versus External labour flexibility: The role of knowledge codification," PSE Working Papers halshs-00588315, HAL.
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    9. Elisabet Viladecans Marsal, 2002. "The growth of cities: Does agglomeration matter?," Working Papers 2002/3, Institut d'Economia de Barcelona (IEB).
    10. A. Willem & M. Buelens, 2003. "Making Competencies Cross Business Unit Boundaries: The Interplay between Inter-Unit Coordination, Trust and Knowledge Transferability," Working Papers of Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Ghent University, Belgium 03/176, Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration.
    11. Basant, Rakesh, . "Knowledge Flows and IndustrialClusters: An Analytical Review of Literature," IIMA Working Papers WP2002-02-01, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.
    12. Amesse, Fernand & Cohendet, P., 2001. "Technology transfer revisited from the perspective of the knowledge-based economy," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(9), pages 1459-1478, December.

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