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Institutions, Information Processing, and Organization Structure in Research and Development: Evidence from the Semiconductor Industry

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West, J, Institutions, Information Processing, and Organization Structure in Research and Development: Evidence from the Semiconductor Industry, Research Policy, 29, (3) pp. 349-373. ISSN 0048-7333 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0048-7333(99)00035-9

Abstract

This paper examines some determinants of the choice between focused and distributed modes of organization in research and development (R & D). It argues that as organizations face mounting information-processing challenges, posed by complexity and uncertainty and inherent in innovation, they gravitate towards either a focused or distributed organizational form. The paper argues further that the institutional context within which organizations operate exerts an important influence on their choice between these forms. These themes are explored through a statistical analysis of programs to develop novel manufacturing processes in the global semiconductor industry. The results show that while Japanese organizations adhered to a distributed form of organization, US firms moved towards a more focused mode.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Business and Management
Research Field:Innovation and Technology Management
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and Productivity
Objective Field:Technological and Organisational Innovation
Author:West, J (Professor Jonathan West)
ID Code:35768
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2007-12-20
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