April 14, 2009

WE ARE ALL DESIGNISTS NOW:

Knowledge, Organizational Evolution and Market Creation (Dinesh Sharma, April 14, 2009, Far Eastern Economic Review)

Gita Surie, a senior fellow at the Wharton School and Assistant Professor at the Adelphi University School of Business, makes a bold attempt to fill this information gap. Her book, Knowledge, Organizational Evolution, and Market Creation, based on a decade-long research project conducted coincidentally in parallel with the recent wave of globalization in the South Asian subcontinent, traces the evolution and internalization of Indian firms. While situated squarely within the studies of business administration and organizational change, Ms. Surie borrows broadly from a wide array of theories, including cognitive science, technology transfer, complexity theory and economic development.

The book presents an integrative framework for understanding organizational change in emerging economies. Its central claim is that the international expansion of Indian firms follows an evolutionary process that builds on the acquisition of new-found capabilities. Knowledge creation is central to building new capabilities, which are acquired and accelerated through cross-border replication of knowledge. In Stage 1, the capabilities are scarce in the domestic environment, where modernization consists of investments in industrial technology, skilled labor, and an overall shift from agriculture to technology and infrastructure. Given that the domestic economy may lack both the knowledge and the capital investment, the early emphasis on growing business must be on knowledge transfer from exogenous sources. Stage 2 consists of diffusion of knowledge and capabilities followed by a large-scale adoption of the new learning within the institutional framework. Stage 3 is marked by cross-border innovation, where local firms participate in knowledge creation and compete in the global economy.


Yup, that's what folks mean by Evolution.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 14, 2009 7:02 AM
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