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Can the Large Penrosian Firm cope with the Dynamics of Technology?

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Whilst knowledge is a growing feature of corporate competitiveness and growth, it will make firms increasingly dependent on outside resources (including public and foreign resources), and will be increasingly disruptive to their internal organisation. This is because knowledge is increasingly specialised in its production, and leads to periodic step-jumps in technical performance with potentially disruptive effects on corporate organisation.

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  • Keith Pavitt, 2001. "Can the Large Penrosian Firm cope with the Dynamics of Technology?," SPRU Working Paper Series 68, SPRU - Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Sussex.
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    1. Björkdahl, Joakim, 2009. "Technology cross-fertilization and the business model: The case of integrating ICTs in mechanical engineering products," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(9), pages 1468-1477, November.
    2. Dedrick, Jason & Kraemer, Kenneth L., 2015. "Who captures value from science-based innovation? The distribution of benefits from GMR in the hard disk drive industry," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(8), pages 1615-1628.

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    specialised knowledge; technical performance; corporate organisation;

    JEL classification:

    • D83 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief; Unawareness
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights

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