Title: The effect of geographically distributed R & D and production networks on exploration and exploitation
Authors : Deflorin, Patricia
Scherrer, Maike
Dietl, Helmut
Conference details: POMS 20th Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., May 1 to 4, 2009
Issue Date: 2009
License (according to publishing contract) : Licence according to publishing contract
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Language : English
Subject (DDC) : 658: General Management
Abstract: In this paper we develop a theoretical framework to identify under which circumstances the lead factory concept is more successful than the more traditional structure of spatial separation in combining exploration and exploitation. Two main structures of the geographically distributed R&D and production network are dominant: spatial separation and parallel structures as encountered in lead factories. Our conceptual research and theoretical analysis result in four major propositions: (1) The lead factory concept increases the acceptance of innovations due to the principle of parallel structures. (2) As the balance of exploration and exploitation increases within the lead factory, the competitive advantage enlarges. (3) The lower the exploration activity within the factories, the larger is the competitive advantage. (4) The competitive advantage of the lead factory concept increases as the knowledge loss avoided by the lead factory decreases.
Departement: School of Management and Law
Publication type: Conference paper
URI: https://digitalcollection.zhaw.ch/handle/11475/16584
Appears in Collections:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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