Understanding Complex Organization: The Role of Know-How, Internal Structure, and Human Behavior in the Evolution of Capabilities

Posted: 29 Feb 2008

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M. Augier

Stanford University

David Teece

Institute for Business Innovation

Abstract

This article begins with some notes on the intellectual climate in which the article of (Winter 1968, Towards a Neo-Schumpeterian Theory of the Firm, The RAND Corporation; 2006, Industrial and Corporate Change, 15, 1) was first written. It identifies core ideas and contentions Sidney Winter helped put on the research agenda for scholars interested in complex business organization. We point out that Winter's early contentions have implications for strategic thinking (in both business and military contexts) and that a promising research agenda lies in the further development of notions of organizational capability.

Suggested Citation

Augier, Mie-Sophia Elisabeth and Teece, David J., Understanding Complex Organization: The Role of Know-How, Internal Structure, and Human Behavior in the Evolution of Capabilities. Industrial and Corporate Change, Vol. 15, No. 2, pp. 395-416, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=915142

Mie-Sophia Elisabeth Augier (Contact Author)

Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

David J. Teece

Institute for Business Innovation ( email )

F402 Haas School of Business, #1930
Berkeley, CA 94720-1930
United States
(510) 642-4041 (Phone)

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