Knowledge-Based Innovation: Emergence and Embedding of New Practice Areas in Management Consulting Firms

Anand, Narasimhan, Gardner, Heidi and Morris, Tim (2007) Knowledge-Based Innovation: Emergence and Embedding of New Practice Areas in Management Consulting Firms. Academy of Management Journal, 50 (2). pp. 406-428.

Abstract

How do innovative knowledge-based structures emerge and become embedded in organizations? We drew on theories of knowledge-intensive firms, communities of practice, and professional service firms to analyze multiple cases of new practice area creation in management consulting firms. Our qualitative analysis identified four critical generative elements: socialized agency, differentiated expertise, defensible turf, and organizational support. We demonstrate that these elements must be combined in specific pathways for knowledge-based innovative structures to emerge and
embed. These pathways emerge from practitioner networks, markets for knowledge-based services, and professional firms’ hierarchies. Our findings have important implications for studying innovation in the knowledge-based econom

Item Type: Article
Keywords: KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION; MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRMS
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2010 10:07
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2018 17:30
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/82

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