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The architecture and design of organizational capabilities

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  • Michael G. Jacobides

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This article considers how ideas from evolutionary theory in general, and Sidney Winter in particular, can be fruitfully combined with ideas from Herbert Simon and the Carnegie tradition on decomposability and cognitive limits. Rather than focusing on any one individual issue, this article outlines a research program on the architecture and design of organizational capabilities. Such a program can help us explain how labor is divided and organized within and between firms and can consider the implications of the division of labor for the process of capability development. Extensions to this emerging research program are proposed: The emergence and evolution of intra- and inter-organizational boundaries, the implications of such boundaries for different types of capabilities and for the knowledge accumulation process, and the design of firms' architecture to support adaptation and change are all briefly discussed. Copyright 2006, Oxford University Press.

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Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Industrial and Corporate Change.

Volume (Year): 15 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 151-171

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Handle: RePEc:oup:indcch:v:15:y:2006:i:1:p:151-171

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  1. Jacobides, Michael G. & Knudsen, Thorbjorn & Augier, Mie, 2006. "Benefiting from innovation: Value creation, value appropriation and the role of industry architectures," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(8), pages 1200-1221, October.
  2. Patrucco, Pier Paolo, 2013. "The Evolution of Knowledge Organization: The Emergence of Innovation Platform in the Turin Car System," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 201315, University of Turin.
  3. Consoli, Davide & Patrucco, Pier Paolo, 2013. "Complexity and the Coordination of Technological Knowledge: The Case of Innovation Platforms," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis LEI & BRICK - Laboratory of Economics of Innovation "Franco Momigliano", Bureau of Research in Innovation, Complexity and Knowledge, Collegio 201317, University of Turin.
  4. Patrucco, Pier Paolo, 2013. "Innovation Platforms, Complexity and the Knowledge-Intensive Firm," Department of Economics and Statistics Cognetti de Martiis. Working Papers 201332, University of Turin.
  5. Malik, Omar R., 2008. "Adapting to market liberalization: The role of dynamic capabilities, initial resource conditions, and strategic path choices in determining evolutionary fitness of Less Developed Country (LDC) firms," Journal of International Management, Elsevier, vol. 14(3), pages 217-231, September.
  6. Michael G. Jacobides, 2008. "Playing football in a soccer field: value chain structures, institutional modularity and success in foreign expansion," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 29(2-3), pages 257-276.
  7. Peltoniemi, Mirva, 2013. "Mechanisms of capability evolution in the Finnish forest industry cluster," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 190-205.
  8. Hatani, Faith & McGaughey, Sara L., 2013. "Network cohesion in global expansion: An evolutionary view," Journal of World Business, Elsevier, vol. 48(4), pages 455-465.

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