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Organizational Knowledge in the MakingHow Firms Create, Use, and Institutionalize Knowledge$
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Gerardo Patriotta

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199275243

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275243.001.0001

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Breakdowns and Bottlenecks: Capturing the Learning Dynamics on the Assembly Line

Breakdowns and Bottlenecks: Capturing the Learning Dynamics on the Assembly Line

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(p.125) 6 Breakdowns and Bottlenecks: Capturing the Learning Dynamics on the Assembly Line
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Organizational Knowledge in the Making
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Gerardo Patriotta (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199275243.003.0006

This chapter assesses the process of institutionalization of knowledge within the Melfi factory now that the plant had reached its full production capacity. The case study presented attempts to test how the competencies acquired by workers and managers on the greenfield site are applied in the practical context of the production process. The learning dynamics observed on the shop floor highlight the distinctive features of Melfi's production system as opposed to the traditional Fordist model. This distinction is grounded on knowledge-based rather than technology-based factors.

Keywords:   Fiat, Melfi factory, knowledge, learning

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