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The architecture and design of organizational capabilities

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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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  • Michael G. Jacobides, 2006. "The architecture and design of organizational capabilities," Industrial and Corporate Change, Oxford University Press, vol. 15(1), pages 151-171, February.
  • 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. Omar R. Malik & Masaaki Kotabe, 2009. "Dynamic Capabilities, Government Policies, and Performance in Firms from Emerging Economies: Evidence from India and Pakistan," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(3), pages 421-450, May.
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    4. Davide Consoli & Pier Paolo Patrucco, 2011. "Complexity and the Coordination of Technological Knowledge: The Case of Innovation Platforms," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economic Complexity of Technological Change, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    7. 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.
    8. 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.
    9. 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.
    10. Davide Consoli & Pier Paolo Patrucco, 2011. "Complexity and the Coordination of Technological Knowledge: The Case of Innovation Platforms," Chapters, in: Handbook on the Economic Complexity of Technological Change, chapter 8 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    11. 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.
    12. Jean-Philippe Vergne & Colette Depeyre, 2015. "How do firms adapt? A fuzzy-set analysis of the role of cognition and capabilities in U.S. defense firms’ responses to 9/11," Post-Print hal-01274005, HAL.
    13. Tomi Laamanen & Johan Wallin, 2009. "Cognitive Dynamics of Capability Development Paths," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(6), pages 950-981, September.
    14. Pier Paolo Patrucco, 2012. "Innovative Platforms, Complexity and the Knowledge Intensive Firm," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics and Theory of the Firm, chapter 26 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    15. Peltoniemi, Mirva, 2013. "Mechanisms of capability evolution in the Finnish forest industry cluster," Journal of Forest Economics, Elsevier, vol. 19(2), pages 190-205.
    16. Thomas Hutzschenreuter & Florian Gröne, 2009. "Changing Vertical Integration Strategies under Pressure from Foreign Competition: The Case of US and German Multinationals," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 269-307, March.

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