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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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From the perspective of strategies and organizations, this book discusses “boundaries knowledge” and “convergence knowledge” creation processes that companies need to create boundaries innovation through their strategic management activities based on the innovation processes in companies (incremental and radical).

Many modern companies see knowledge as the most important source of their enduring competitiveness. The practice of the knowledge conversion process – both within and outside companies and by individuals, groups and organizations – is a fundamental capability required for dynamic innovation activities to perpetually bring about new boundaries knowledge and convergence knowledge. The process of strategically acquiring new boundaries knowledge and convergence knowledge to achieve boundaries innovation is an important element of the capability needed for a company to speedily establish a market position in new markets or with new technologies. A knowledge model for promoting creative and productive abrasion, uncovering diverse core boundaries knowledge both inside and outside of themselves, and integrating their boundaries knowledge to create convergence knowledge as new products, services and business models is called “knowledge convergence model”. Companies that use this model are called “knowledge convergence firms”.

This book is the result of substantive observations made over a long period of time by the author as a practitioner in the business workplace, and the analysis of those observations. The author has experienced the exciting business of company-internal ventures and the development of new products and services in the rapidly changing ICT field; from these experiences the author found that the roots...

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