Knowledge acquisition in production networks: Effective strategies for system integrators and component specialists

Shu Jou Lin, Hsing Er Lin, Edward F. McDonough

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-686
Number of pages28
JournalManagement and Organization Review
Volume12
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

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Keywords

  • Firm specialization
  • Knowledge acquisition strategy
  • Knowledge depth
  • Knowledge specialization
  • Production network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management

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Knowledge acquisition in production networks : Effective strategies for system integrators and component specialists. / Lin, Shu Jou; Lin, Hsing Er; McDonough, Edward F.

In: Management and Organization Review, Vol. 12, No. 4, 01.12.2016, p. 659-686.

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