Making design rules: a multidomain approach

Brusoni, Stefano and Prencipe, Andrea (2006) Making design rules: a multidomain approach. Organization Science, 17 (2). pp. 179-189. ISSN 1047-7039

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Design rules allocate functions to modules, identify operating principles, and set interfaces among modules that determine how organizations evolve. A case study of radical innovation in tire manufacturing illustrates the transition from old to new design rules through the joint adaptation of the manufacturing organization and the product to reflect changes in the underlying engineering knowledge. The case shows how knowledge evolution mediates organizational and technological change and makes any organization design openended and evolving.

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Additional Information: The adoption of modular design of a plant is typically regarded as bringing with it a modular form of organisation. This paper, in a `world elite¿ journal, shows that for the recent bout of radical change in the tyre industry the opposite occurred. Prof Prencipe contributed his work on modularity to the study in conjunction with Dr Brusoni, a former SPRU doctoral student.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Andrea Prencipe
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:09
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2012 13:13
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