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Journal of Management & Governance

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 541–558 | Cite as

Reflections on knowledge-based approaches to the organization of production

  • Robert M. Grant
Article

Abstract

Knowledge-based approaches to the firm offer valuable insights into some of the central issues of governance and organizational design—especially into long neglected problems of coordination. I start from the assumption that the fundamental problem of economic organization is reconciling efficiency in knowledge development with efficiency in knowledge application. The paper extends the knowledge-based view of the firm and knowledge integration approach to organizational capability that I outlined in earlier papers (Grant in Strategic Management Journal, 1996a; Grant in Journal of Management Studies 7(4)375–387, 1996b) and draws upon subsequent contributions to the literature. From this basis, I derive implications for the relative efficiencies of alternative institutions of economic organization and for the design of firm structures.

Keywords

Knowledge Organization Coordination Integration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Management and TechnologyBocconi UniversityMilanItaly

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