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Strategic Management of Technological Learning

1st Edition

By Elias Carayannis

CRC Press

216 pages

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Hardback: 9780849337413
pub: 2000-11-27
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How do companies such as BMW, Airbus Industrie, and Bayer leverage technology and learn to thrive where others fail? This book provides a one-stop resource on technology, innovation, and knowledge management. It gives you a tool for gaining short-term, case-specific insight and long-term, industry-wide understanding of the best technology management and learning policies and practices. The Strategic Management of Technological Learning explores a portfolio of case studies on technology-driven-but not exclusively high-tech-companies that have an overall long-term record of success and prosperity.

Through in-depth interviews with industry practitioners, the author empirically identifies the presence of Strategic or Active Incrementalism. The following chart shows the studied firms, which operate at high risk and uncertainty, very dynamic, and technologically intensive business environments:

Reviews

"In the fast changing pace of the 21st century economy, this book is an essential reference for all practitioners who face the challenges of creating meaningful learning and knowledge sharing initiatives in modern dynamic businesses. Full of practical examples and tools from companies that are known for having a reputation for successfully leveraging knowledge through technology, this book helps you develop a strategic framework to gain a sustainable competitive advantage based on continuous learning - a "must read" for those who intend to grow their firm's core competencies."

- Michael JL Pommier, Senior Advisor, Network Operations and Knowledge Sharing Program, The World Bank Group, Washington, DC

"It is this framework that will allow future researchers to address a variety of hypotheses concerning the relationship among learning, strategic planning and organizational performance of technology-driven organizations."

-Konstantinos P. Triantis, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

"One of the most essential values of this book lies in the fact that the author approaches a relevant area of organizational learning which he designates technological learning… Carayannis' contribution to the field of management and technological learning is evident. The extensive use of case examples drawn from the company studies is one of the strengths of the book."

-Martha Burkle Bonecchi in Technovation

"This book offers much more than a report of a comprehensive study of technological learning. It condenses the author's extensive work on learning…is unique in that empirical evidence is at the center of its argument…is an insightful and incisive look at technology learning…Dr. Carayannis boldly leads us into the complex field of organizational learning, and the difficulties inherent in the learning of technology. I was impressed with the breath of his knowledge and with the contribution of his study to the state of the art in this well traveled area of study."

-Elie Geisler

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

The Concept of Decision Under Uncertainty

OVERVIEW OF DECISION AND STRATEGY MAKING SCHOOLS

The Analytical or Synoptic School of Decision Making

The Experiential or Incremental School of Decision Making

The Design School of Strategy

The Planning School of Strategy

The "Emergent Learning and Deliberate Planning" or "Austrian" School of Strategy

THE CONCEPT OF PARADIGM IN DECISION MAKING

The Analytic Paradigm

The Cybernetic Paradigm

The Cognitive Paradigm

THE CONCEPTS OF CULTURE, FEEDBACK, AND LEARNING IN DECISION MAKING AND STRATEGY CRAFTING

Culture as a "Medium" for Learning

Feedback as a "Tool" for Learning

Learning: Autonomy and Responsibility

STUDY METHODOLOGY

Empirical Evidence

TRANSPORT MANUFACTURING SECTOR CASE STUDIES

Industry Overview

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

Daimler-Benz AG

Matra Automobile

Airbus Industrie

PROCESS SECTOR CASE STUDIES

Industry Overview

Bristol Myers Squibb

Miles/Bayer Corp.

Compagnie de Saint Gobain SA

ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION SECTOR CASE STUDIES

Industry Overview

Consolidated Edison

Duke Power Corporation

Rochester Gas and Electric

Tennessee Valley Authority

Ontario Hydro

Electricite de France

SYNTHESIS OF THEORETICAL AND EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE

Towards an Organizational Architecture of Technological Learning

Building Sustainable Competitive Advantage Based on Learning

Technology Transfer and Technological Innovation

The Meta-Cognitive Paradigm of Decision Making

Strategic or Active Incrementalism

Empirically Identified Instances of Technological Learning, Meta-Learning and Un-learning in the Organizations Studied

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Further Research on Technological Learning

APPENDIX

REFERENCES

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS042000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science
TEC009000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)