Knowledge Integration Dynamics: Developing Strategic Innovation Capability

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World Scientific, 2011 - Business & Economics - 353 pages
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Since the 1990s, Japanese firms have sought to expand their capacity for innovation by incorporating Western management practices into their organizational culture. This combination of Japanese and Western management practices has been highly successful Japanese firms are presently at the forefront of technological and service innovation in areas such as digital consumer electronics, mobile phone services, and the games industry. Much can be learned from the success of Japanese companies in these areas.

This book presents an analysis of the business model unique to Japanese firms, emphasising four special features: the vertical value chain model, cross-industry collaboration, dynamic knowledge integration, and strategic innovation capability. Drawing upon in-depth case studies, this book presents a new theory of knowledge integration, and places special emphasis on inter- and intra-organizational collaboration as a source of strategic innovation. It is a good reference source for academics, graduate students and professionals in the field of innovation management.

 

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Contents

Chapter 2 A Theoretical Framework for Strategic Innovation Capability
43
A Case Study of Broadband Business
67
Chapter 4 Knowledge Integration and Innovation in the Consumer Electronics Communications Device and Semiconductor Fields
107
A Case Study of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Plastic Technology Co Ltd
143
The Case of Study of NTT DoCoMo
179
The Case Study of Nintendo
209
The Case of Mitsubishi Corporation
251
Chapter 9 Knowledge Integration Dynamics and Strategic Innovation Capability
283
Bibliography
327
Author Index
343
Subject Index
347
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About the author (2011)

MITSURU KODAMA is Professor of Information and Management in the College of Commerce and Graduate School of Business Administration at Nihon University, Japan. He has worked as a marketer, a planning engineer and an innovation management researcher. His research interests focus on innovation, technology management, knowledge management and organizational structure.

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