Super-Flexibility for Knowledge Enterprises: With 6 Tables

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Springer Science & Business Media, 2005 - Business & Economics - 192 pages
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Business enterprises are transforming their core practices in the digital age. The emerging imperative is to become super-flexible, in order to thrive, or, at least survive, in volatile environments. Super-flexibility refers to the ability to be agile and versatile, like an entrepreneurial company, coupled with the capacity to remain robust and resilient, much like an established company. Super-flexible enterprises move swiftly, manage for the moment, and ride successive waves of technological innovation, while providing a few enduring anchors of stability and cohesion.

This book details how knowledge enterprises can harness uncertainty by becoming super-flexible. Based on over 20 years of practical experience in Silicon Valley, the authors present conceptual frameworks, illustrative examples and practical lessons for strategizing, organizing and managing knowledge-based enterprises in turbulent settings.

Features

* Combines theoretical concepts with practical lessons

* Addresses the challenges facing the new generation of entrepreneurial, knowledge-based companies

* Details how established enterprises can learn from Silicon Valley in order to adapt to new realities and how they can harness emerging opportunities

* Distills 20 years of field research and practical experience with a diverse range of tech companies in Silicon Valley.

  

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Contents

The Need for SuperFlexibility
1
11 Knowledge Enterprises and SuperFlexibility
2
12 The Concept of SuperFlexibility
5
13 The Organization of the Book
6
Conceptual Foundations of SuperFlexibility
11
Related Concepts
14
211 Adaptability
16
214 Resilience
17
554 Exploitive Maneuvers
82
56 Maneuvering and SuperFlexibility
84
Recalibrating Learning by Exploring and Revising
87
Recalibration
92
The Recalibration Process
94
631 Experimentation
96
632 Escalation
98
633 Integration
100

23 Discussion of Related Concepts
18
A Constructivist Definition
19
241 SuperFlexibility as Yielding to Pressure
20
242 SuperFlexibility as Capacity for Novel Situations
21
243 SuperFlexibility as Susceptibility to Modification
22
The Research Laboratory Silicon Valleys Knowledge Ecosystem
25
31 Conceptual Underpinnings
26
32 The Antecedents
27
33 The Building Blocks
30
332 The Knowledge Hatcheries
33
333 The Knowledge Generators
35
334 The Knowledge Lubricants
37
34 The Ecosystems Climate
38
342 Limited Safety Net and Minimal Life Support System
40
343 Collaborative Partnerships and Recombinant Innovations
42
35 SuperFlexibility and the Ecosystem
43
Life after Death in the Ecosystem
45
41 Recycling Mechanisms
46
High Birth Rates for New Ventures
47
Talent ReDeployment and Information Diffusion
49
Exploring Prototyping and Failing
52
ReFinancing RePackaging and ReCombining
53
42 Case History
55
43 Recycling and SuperFlexibility
60
Maneuvering Navigating a Dynamic Trajectory
63
52 Triggers
65
The Time Dimension
67
The Intent Dimension
69
A Conceptual Framework
71
551 Preemptive Maneuvers
73
552 Protective Maneuvers
76
553 Corrective Maneuvers
79
64 Guidelines for Action
101
65 Recalibrating and SuperFlexibility
106
652 Becoming Agile by Speeding Up Implementation
107
Orgitechting Balancing Hard Wire and Soft Glue
109
72 Organizational Challenges of Knowledge Enterprises
111
Nodal Organizational Architectures
112
731 The Clustering Dimension
114
732 The Connective Dimension
119
733 The Cohesive Dimension
125
74 Illustrative Case Study
130
75 Implementation Guidelines
132
76 Orgitechting and SuperFlexibility
134
Aligning Placing an Iron Hand into a Velvet Glove
137
82 Aligning through PeertoPeer Leadership
141
83 FrontLine Practices
145
831 Binding
147
832 Blending
149
833 Balancing
151
834 Bridging
153
84 Aligning and SuperFlexibility
156
Transitioning Guidelines Evolving from Dukedoms to Ecosystems
159
91 Contrasting Dukedoms with Ecosystems
160
92 Execution Guidelines
164
921 Modifying the Role of Headquarters
165
922 Cascading Organizational Knowledge
168
923 Vectoring Today and Tomorrow
170
93 Concluding Thoughts
171
References and Additional Readings
173
Index
189
Biographies
193
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Page 188 - Wiersema. 1999. Strategic flexibility in information technology alliances: The influence of transaction cost economics and social exchange theory, Organization Science.
Page 181 - Price Flexibility and Employment, Cowles Commission for Research in Economics, Monograph No. 8, Bloomington, Ind., 1944.
Page 187 - Triantis, AJ, and Hodder, JE (1990), "Valuing flexibility as a complex option".

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