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KNOWLEDGE-BASED INNOVATION: EMERGENCE AND EMBEDDING OF NEW PRACTICE AREAS IN MANAGEMENT CONSULTING FIRMS

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How do innovative knowledge-based structures emerge and become embedded in organizations? We drew on theories of knowledge-intensive firms, communities of practice, and professional service firms to analyze multiple cases of new practice area creation in management consulting firms. Our qualitative analysis identified four critical generative elements: socialized agency, differentiated expertise, defensible turf, and organizational support. We demonstrate that these elements must be combined ...

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Publication date:
2007-04-01
UUID:
uuid:0730983c-a4dc-48ad-aae5-9cb8d9e40113
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oai:eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk:82
Deposit date:
2011-05-18

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