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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 (2000) 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

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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 Type: Article
Keywords: Institutions; Information processing; Organization structure; Research and development; Semiconductor industry
Journal or Publication Title: Research Policy
Page Range: pp. 349-373
ISSN: 0048-7333
Identification Number - DOI: 10.1016/S0048-7333(99)00035-9
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at http://www.sciencedirect.com
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 01:09
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:26
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/2688
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