In terms of our existing theoretical apparatus, research has offered key building blocks that provide partial answers to our quest for solid foundations of industrial evolution. Researchers from the New Institutional / Transaction Cost economics, for instance, have explained how firms may choose their boundaries. Scholars of technological change have considered how organizations and technologies co-evolve over time. Yet, only recently have we started understanding what shapes the nature of the sectors that we study, and in what are the forces that explain why and how sectors swing between integration and disintegration. Likewise, the link between the boundaries of organizations and the knowledge bases in the sector has been shown to be important in the strategy literature, and it is clear that the boundaries of knowledge and the boundaries of organization are not fully mapped onto each other. However, our understanding of how knowledge becomes integrated in a complex web of relationships in a sector is still in its early stages: First, we have a very limited set of empirical studies that consider these dynamics at the level of “industry architectures”, which show how new sectors emerge, or how the roles of various industry participants are redefined. Second, we do not yet have a set of studies that considers how sectors change as a result of new opportunities, new knowledge bases, and new technologies. And third, we have yet to propose the micro-mechanisms that explain how the structures that integrate knowledge emerge, and how they affect the industries’ prospects, or how they change over time. This special issue intends to extend and consolidate this growing area of interest. We are interested in contributions which look at the micro-level processes of knowledge integration and coordination, through changes in the division of labor and power.

Strategic Dynamics in Industry Architectures: The challenges of Knowledge Integration

BRUSONI, STEFANO;
2009-01-01

Abstract

In terms of our existing theoretical apparatus, research has offered key building blocks that provide partial answers to our quest for solid foundations of industrial evolution. Researchers from the New Institutional / Transaction Cost economics, for instance, have explained how firms may choose their boundaries. Scholars of technological change have considered how organizations and technologies co-evolve over time. Yet, only recently have we started understanding what shapes the nature of the sectors that we study, and in what are the forces that explain why and how sectors swing between integration and disintegration. Likewise, the link between the boundaries of organizations and the knowledge bases in the sector has been shown to be important in the strategy literature, and it is clear that the boundaries of knowledge and the boundaries of organization are not fully mapped onto each other. However, our understanding of how knowledge becomes integrated in a complex web of relationships in a sector is still in its early stages: First, we have a very limited set of empirical studies that consider these dynamics at the level of “industry architectures”, which show how new sectors emerge, or how the roles of various industry participants are redefined. Second, we do not yet have a set of studies that considers how sectors change as a result of new opportunities, new knowledge bases, and new technologies. And third, we have yet to propose the micro-mechanisms that explain how the structures that integrate knowledge emerge, and how they affect the industries’ prospects, or how they change over time. This special issue intends to extend and consolidate this growing area of interest. We are interested in contributions which look at the micro-level processes of knowledge integration and coordination, through changes in the division of labor and power.
2009
Brusoni, Stefano; M. G., Jacobides; A., Prencipe
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