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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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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1



  • 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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