Learning and Innovation in Organizations and Economies (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Oct 26, 2000 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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This book develops a general 'logic', or heuristic of discovery, to explain the emergence of novelty in individual thought, organizations, industries, and economies. It draws on a variety of literatures, discussing theories of organizational learning, evolutionary and institutional economics, knowledge and language. It brings these together in a unifying framework, and applies that for an analysis of innovation systems and the management of learning. Unification is based on the resource or competence based view in economics, in combination with a theory of learning by interaction. The central theme of the book is the relation between stability and change. In business literature this theme appears in the relation between exploitation and exploration. In evolutionary economics it appears in the relation between selection and adaptation. The general heuristic shows how exploitation can provide the basis for exploration. The analysis is illustrated with many phenomena and empirical results from the different literatures.
  

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Contents

Purpose and Scope
1
Management and Organization
35
Innovation Entrepreneurship and Competence
52
Evolution
75
Institutions
91
Knowledge
113
A Theory of Interactive Learning
151
A Heuristic of Discovery
170
An Elaboration with Scripts
190
Integration and Disintegration
209
Innovation Systems
231
Organizational Learning
252
Conclusions and Further Research
283
Summary
303
Index
331
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