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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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8 Theoretical and practical considerations and implications: The essence of boundaries innovation

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CHAPTER 8

Theoretical and practical considerations and implications: The essence of boundaries innovation

8.1 The dynamic range of knowledge boundaries

Practitioners possess their own unique thought worlds and mental models. Not only do they have unique worldviews born from personal experiences of society, but as practitioners, they also have practical knowledge rooted in tacit knowledge embedded within themselves both mentally and corporeally, born through professional experience across a range of job functions. Depending on the level of novelty and uncertainty in the details of a target strategy, in other words the higher the level of knowledge convergence, the easier it is for friction and conflict to occur due to the mutual diversity and differences in the knowledge of practitioners.

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