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Open Innovation and Organization Design


Michael Tushman


Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit

Karim Lakhani


Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group; Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science

Hila Lifshitz-Assaf


Harvard Business School

2012

Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012

Abstract:     
Abernathy's (1978) empirical work on the automotive industry investigated relationships among an organization’s boundary (all manufacturing plants), its organizational design (fluid vs. specific), and its ability to execute product and/or process innovations. Abernathy's ideas of dominant designs and the locus of innovation have been central to scholars of innovation, R&D, and strategic management. Similarly, building on March and Simon's (1958) concept of organizations as decision making systems, Woodward (1965), Burns and Stalker (1966), and Lawrence and Lorsch (1967) examined relationships among organizational boundaries, organization structure, and innovation in a set of industries that varied by technology and environmental uncertainty. These and other early empirical works have led a diverse group of scholars to develop theories about firm boundaries, organization design, and the ability to innovate.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Organization design, Open innovation

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Date posted: December 1, 2012 ; Last revised: December 4, 2012

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Tushman, Michael and Lakhani, Karim and Lifshitz-Assaf, Hila, Open Innovation and Organization Design (2012). Journal of Organization Design, Vol. 1, No. 1, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2181927

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Michael Tushman (Contact Author)
Harvard University - Organizational Behavior Unit ( email )
Soldiers Field
Boston, MA 02163
United States
Karim R. Lakhani
Harvard Business School - Technology and Operations Management Group ( email )
Boston, MA 02163
United States
617-495-6741 (Phone)
Harvard University - Berkman Center for Internet & Society ( email )
Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Harvard Institute for Quantitative Social Science ( email )
1737 Cambridge St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Hila Lifshitz-Assaf
Harvard Business School ( email )
Soldiers Field Road
Cotting House 321A
Boston, MA 02163
United States
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