Replicating Organizational Knowledge: Principles or Templates?

26 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2008

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Charles Baden‐Fuller

City University, London - Cass Business School; University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School

Sidney G. Winter

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department

Abstract

We discuss in some detail two approaches to the replication of practices between units within an organization or a family of organizations. One approach involves the use of causal principles and the other relies on an extant working example (a template). Definitions are provided for the key concepts of templates, principles, and background knowledge. We address the challenges of providing operational measures for successful replication, and for comparing the efficacy of principles and templates. The analysis identifies important contingencies affecting the relative performance of the two methods; the nature and implication of these are discussed.

Keywords: replication, principles, templates, capability

Suggested Citation

Baden-Fuller, Charles and Winter, Sidney G., Replicating Organizational Knowledge: Principles or Templates?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1118013 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1118013

Charles Baden-Fuller (Contact Author)

City University, London - Cass Business School ( email )

106 Bunhill Row
London, EC1Y 8TZ
United Kingdom

University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School ( email )

3641 Locust Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6365
United States

Sidney G. Winter

University of Pennsylvania - Management Department ( email )

The Wharton School
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6370
United States

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