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Knowledge Acquisition in Production Networks: Effective Strategies for System Integrators and Component Specialists

  • Shu-Jou Lin (a1), Hsing-Er Lin (a2) and Edward F. McDonough (a3)

This study provides new insight into the effectiveness of different knowledge acquisition strategies for organizations at different positions in a production network. Component specialists and systems integrators require a different knowledge repertoire in terms of knowledge depth and knowledge breadth. We show that a greater reliance on inter-organizational partnering than on intra-organizational acquiring is effective in the acquisition of knowledge breadth rather than knowledge depth. And the positive effect of a greater reliance on inter-organizational partnering on knowledge breadth is particularly strong for system integrators.

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Management and Organization Review
  • ISSN: 1740-8776
  • EISSN: 1740-8784
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