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Winning Through Boundaries Innovation

Communities of Boundaries Generate Convergence

Mitsuro Kodama

At present, many companies consider «knowledge» the most important element and the benchmark for maintaining an enduring competitive advantage. The process of strategically acquiring both new boundaries knowledge and convergence knowledge to generate boundaries innovation becomes an important element in acquiring dynamic organizational capability. This is essential for rapidly establishing a company’s market position in new markets and technologies.
This book discusses from a micro-viewpoint different strategies for companies’ sustainable generation of boundaries innovation through the creation of both types of knowledge. It focuses on strategic management activities centered on innovation processes (incremental innovation and radical innovation) in a company.
In the future, the knowledge convergence processes practiced by individuals, groups and organizations inside and outside the company will form the basis of dynamic innovation activities. These will continually create new boundaries knowledge and convergence knowledge, as well as the organizational capability for supporting these.
The «knowledge convergence firm» this book proposes is a new corporate model that achieves sustainable boundaries knowledge by promoting creative, productive friction among people, and between and amongst communities. It does this by implementing knowledge convergence processes at diverse boundaries within and outside the company.
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I would like to express my sincerest gratitude for the guidance and support I have received in writing this book.

Firstly, I would like to thank all the people who gave their time in interviews, and the materials I received to present the case studies described in this book.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr Ikujiro Nonaka, Professor Emeritus at Hitotsubashi University, for the intellectual stimulation he has provided me on many occasions. As I have specialized in the fields of science and engineering (electronics and ICT), Dr Nonaka greatly inspired me intellectually, both on the theoretical and practical fronts, to move into the social sciences (business management studies).

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