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Knowledge Recombination in New Product Development : Boundary Types and Combinative Capabilities

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abstract Researchers have repeatedly emphasized the importance of knowledge recombination for firms' new product development efforts. For this purpose, prior studies identify multiple combinative capabilities and analyze their combined effects for knowledge integration across intra-firm boundaries. However, it remains largely unexplored to what extent these intra-firm boundaries differ and how combinative capabilities may be deployed to deal with different boundary types. Drawing upon an inductive study of six modular innovation work units, we identify boundaries of power, identity, and competence and observe how managers deploy system, socialization, and coordinative capabilities to deal with the integration challenges related to these different boundary types. Further, we derive a process model, describing how multiple combinative capabilities may be developed to mutually support each other.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Knowledge Recombination, Combinative Capabilities, Intra-Firm Boundaries, New Product Development
   
name of conference Academy of Management Annual Meeting (Montreal, Canada)
date of conference 6-8-2010
title of proceedings Dare to Care: Passion & Compassion in Management Practice & Research
volume / edition Paper Session 1777
publisher Academy of Management (New York)
review double-blind review
   
citation Zimmermann, A. (2010). Knowledge Recombination in New Product Development: Boundary Types and Combinative Capabilities. In Dare to Care: Passion & Compassion in Management Practice & Research, Paper Session 1777. New York: Academy of Management.