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The Flexible Firm By Julian Birkinshaw

The Flexible Firm

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What is the impact of the changing world of business on the way in which companies organize themselves? Based on investigations in companies including Volvo and Hewlett Packard, this book argues that companies are increasingly organized as networks, and describes the necessary capabilities.
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The Flexible Firm: Capability Management in Network Organizations by Julian Birkinshaw

The pace of change in the business world is becoming faster. This book provides a detailed account of the network-like organization forms that some firms are adopting to make themselves more flexible and responsive to changing technologies and customer demands. As these organizations become more pervasive, the winners will be those firms that develop the specific capabilities that are needed to thrive in a networked world. Paradoxically, such capabilities are developed not only at the firm level, but also in the relationships the firm has with its external network and in the operating units within the firm. This perspective has implications for the 'resource-based view of the firm' in the field of strategic management, suggesting that the development of capabilities is a more complex and multi-level process than was traditionally thought. This book brings together eleven chapters, each focusing on a particular aspect of capability development in the networked firm. It is based on research in five big Swedish firms (Ericsson, Volvo, Skandia, Pharmacia & Upjohn, SE Banken) as well as a number of other well-known firms such as HP and ABB. The book will be essential reading for advanced students in strategy and international business wanting to keep abreast of current thinking and company practices.

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Table of Contents


PART I: MANAGING RELATIONSHIPS IN THE EXTERNAL NETWORK; PART II: INNOVATION IN THE EXTERNAL NETWORK; PART III: MANAGING THE INTERNAL NETWORK

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GOR001720185
The Flexible Firm: Capability Management in Network Organizations by Julian Birkinshaw
Julian Birkinshaw
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Oxford University Press
2000-04-01
246
0198296517
9780198296515
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