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Knowledge GovernanceProcesses and Perspectives$
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Nicolai J. Foss and Snejina Michailova

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235926.001.0001

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Poliarchic Governance and the Growth of Knowledge

Poliarchic Governance and the Growth of Knowledge

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Knowledge Governance

Anna Grandori (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter identifies some limitations of the classes of governance mechanisms usually envisaged (market-like, bureaucratic, and communitarian) in sustaining economic discovery and innovation. Drawing on both organization theory and organizational economics, it argues that the important family of constitutional and democratic governance mechanisms is under-represented in the commonly envisaged portfolio of governance mechanisms, while they should be an especially important component of knowledge governance for innovation. Relevant empirical evidence on innovative firms and inter-firm alliances is then considered. The results suggest that the combination of constitutional and democratic mechanisms with the market-like mechanisms of highly mobile resources and highly powerful incentives should be particularly effective in the governance of innovation both within and across firms.

Keywords:   knowledge governance, organizational democracy, poliarchies, constitutional contracts

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