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The sourcing of technological knowledge: distributed innovation processes and dynamic change

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This paper outlines the knowledge and technology sourcing practices of a range of key firms and organisations across the UK based on primary research, and analyses the key factors related to managing the technological knowledge boundaries of the firm. In particular, the paper considers the dynamic dimension considerations to such issues. As such it outlines important differences between short and long time horizons, before analysing in more detail some of the implications for firms of technological change over the long term. The paper seeks to highlight the importance of the time dimension in helping to explain why and how firms source technological knowledge externally and how they align their sourcing activities to their strategies associated with developing current and future capabilities.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: ESRC Centre for Research on Innovation & Competition (CRIC) and Policy Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (PREST), Institute of Innovation Research (IoIR), Universities of Manchester and UMIST, UK

Publication date: September 1, 2003


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