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Publication date: 1 June 2001

Golaleh Ebrahimpur and Merle Jacob

The last decade has been a turbulent one for the automobile industry. Two of the more significant competitive priorities that have emerged from this turbulence are the…

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The last decade has been a turbulent one for the automobile industry. Two of the more significant competitive priorities that have emerged from this turbulence are the introduction of the platform strategy in new product development and the integration of information technology in the product, in the organization of production and in after‐market activities. Both developments have forced the car industry to introduce wide‐ranging organizational changes to create structures that are flexible and agile. This paper provides a practitioner’s account of the impact of the simultaneous introduction of these two interventions on Volvo Car Technical Service (VCTS).

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European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1460-1060

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Publication date: 1 March 2001

Merle Jacob and Golaleh Ebrahimpur

This article builds on data from case studies of two companies in two different industries to show how local and tacit notions of what is knowledge determine what types of…

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This article builds on data from case studies of two companies in two different industries to show how local and tacit notions of what is knowledge determine what types of intra‐organizational mechanisms for knowledge transfer are preferred in a given company setting. The article proposes that these tacit and informal views about knowledge constitute a knowledge culture which may in turn be used to assist managers in making informed choices with respect to knowledge management tools. A number of other conceptual and practical management implications are derived from this comparative case study.

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Journal of Intellectual Capital, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1469-1930

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