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Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries

Frederik Tell, Christian Berggren, Stefano Brusoni, and Andrew Van de Ven


The increasing specialization of knowledge is a defining feature of the global economy and creates opportunities for efficiency gains and economic growth. However, as knowledge becomes more specialized, the need for integration of specialized knowledge also increases. At the same time, knowledge integration—the purposeful combination of specialized and complementary knowledge to achieve specific tasks—is becoming increasingly important for organizations facing rapidly changing institutional environments, globalized markets, and fast-paced technological developments. The increasing complexity a ... More

Keywords: knowledge integration, knowledge specialization, boundaries, boundary spanning, globalized markets, innovation, organizational learning, absorptive capacity, knowledge boundaries, knowledge creation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785972
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785972.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederik Tell, author
Professor in Business Administration, Linköping University

Christian Berggren, author
Professor in Industrial Management, Linköping University

Stefano Brusoni, author
Professor of Technology and Innovation Management, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

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Chapter 1 Introduction

Fredrik Tell, Christian Berggren, Stefano Brusoni, and Andrew Van de Ven

Part I Conceptual Underpinnings

Chapter 4 Relating Knowledge Integration and Absorptive Capacity

Christian Berggren, Jörg Sydow, and Fredrik Tell

Part II Boundary-Crossing Knowledge Integration in Context

Chapter 6 Open Innovation

Lars Bengtsson, Nicolette Lakemond, Keld Laursen, and Fredrik Tell

Chapter 8 Knowledge, Uncertainty, and the Boundaries of the Firm

Fabrizio Castellucci and Gianluca Carnabuci

Chapter 9 Struggling with Knowledge Boundaries and Stickiness

Solmaz Filiz Karabag and Christian Berggren

Chapter 11 Talking through Objects

Dmitrijs Kravcenko and Jacky Swan

Chapter 12 Bridging Scientists and Informal R&D Collaborations

Annapoornima M. Subramanian, Kwanghui Lim, and Pek-hooi Soh

Chapter 13 Knowledge Integration at Work

Karin Bredin, Cecilia Enberg, Camilla Niss, and Jonas Söderlund

Chapter 14 Retrieval of Knowledge across Team Boundaries

Sirkka L. Jarvenpaa and Yongsuk Kim

End Matter