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Author Oppat, Kay.

Title Disseminative capabilities : a case study of collaborative product development in the automotive industry / Kay Oppat, with a foreword by Fritz Fahrni and Daniel Whitney
Edition First edition
Published Wiesbaden : Gabler, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 223 pages) : illustrations
Series Gabler Edition Wissenschaft : Schriften zum europäischen Management
Gabler Edition Wissenschaft. Schriften zum europäischen Management.
Contents Research problem introduction -- Research approach -- Research work foundation -- Development of working propositions -- Case study investigations -- Cross-case analysis and theory building -- Discussion and implications of results
Summary Nowadays, cooperating in Product Development seems to be a dominant strategy to lower costs and risks, to fully utilize capacities, and to gain access to lacking knowledge assets. Oppat analyzes cooperations in Product Development with a special focus on the automotive industry. He seeks answers to the question of how knowledge transfer between involved partners takes place. Although knowledge transfer and its success levers (e.g. absorptive capacity) are well-researched phenomena, equivalent investigations of the sender and her capabilities (DiC - Disseminative Capabilities) impacting inter-organizational transfer success are lacking. The in-depth case studies conducted concentrate on joint car development projects between Magna Steyr, an Austrian-based company, and German-based BMW, Mercedes Benz, and Audi. The research results clearly indicate that DiC have an impact on the knowledge transfer process and can explain why the analyzed projects differ in terms of transfer success. Based on the research findings, this work provides managerial implications for all eight dimensions of DiC and, by deploying insights from the empirical investigations, outlines ways to develop them successfully
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
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Subject New products.
Automobile industry and trade.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9783834981165