National differences in the diffusion and design of technological innovation: the role of inter-organizational networks

Swan, Jacky, Newell, Sue and Robertson, Maxine (1999) National differences in the diffusion and design of technological innovation: the role of inter-organizational networks. British Journal of Management, 10 (s1). pp. 45-59. ISSN 1045-3172

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Abstract

This paper reports results from a study of the design and diffusion of computer-aided production management (CAPM) technologies across four European countries (UK, France, The Netherlands and Sweden). The study combined surveys of members of professional operations management associations in each of these four countries and interviews with operations managers and technology suppliers (software suppliers and consultants). The findings revealed significant differences across countries in the design and diffusion of CAPM. For example, in the UK and France highly objectified ‘best practice’ technologies, supported by standardized software, had diffused more widely than in Sweden and The Netherlands, where solutions tended to be developed in-house and customized to the local context. This paper explains these findings in terms of differences in the structure and operation of these four professional association networks. These differences in inter-organizational networking encouraged different types of knowledge-sharing related to the design of CAPM in the four countries.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
Depositing User: Catrina Hey
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2014 16:44
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2014 16:44
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/51483
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