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Organising for innovation: parallel processing as a design principle for field-related interfirm networks

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The purpose of this paper is to describe the role of parallel processing as a key design principle in organising the expansion and deployment of complex knowledge. Parallel processing is the preferred information architecture for the open inter-firm systems through which complex, field-related knowledge is most effectively managed. Open inter-firm systems are emergent, organising themselves on a project-by-project basis with new inter-firm teams created for each project. Participation in these systems is determined by the underlying knowledge base deployed to address a specific innovation. Within these systems, participants expand their knowledge base by learning to solve complex product/process design problems.

Keywords: innovation, organisation design, parallel processing, networks, information processing, emergent organisations, strategy

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