SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Business Administration
KNOWLEDGE DEVELOPMENT PATTERNS IN RADICALLY NEW PRODUCT ARCHITECTURES
Abstract: Knowledge development patterns in radically new product
architectures are explored. The aim is to achieve rich insights to generate
explanatory propositions from a longitudinal field-study of three years.
Results descend from a strategically selected sample pictured by a large
industrial corporation up to develop a new product architecture as a
principal mean to achieve synergies from an acquisition process. The study
demonstrates how knowledge about two domains; components and architecture,
simultaneously changes when developing radically new product architectures.
Explanatory propositions suggest: (1) architecture to add complexity and
uncertainty; (2) components to reduce complexity and uncertainty; (3) and
architectural knowledge to be developed from knowledge about components.
Keywords: Knowledge development; patterns; radical innovation; (follow links to similar papers)
14 pages, November 18, 2008, Revised November 18, 2008
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