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Design Management Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, Summer 1991


Breaking the Chains of Embedded Knowledge: Architectural Innovation as a Source of Competitive Advantage

By Rebecca M. Henderson, Assistant Professor, Sloan School of Management, MIT

As Henderson defines it, architectural knowledge is the critical ability to integrate information from various sources during the product-development process. In this context, if an organization allows architectural knowledge to become one unarticulated aspect of its culture, innovation suffers as traditions stifle new insights. Alternatively, if architeectural knowledge is explicitly recognized and well managed, it becomes a catalyst for innovation and a formidable competitive weapon.

Keywords: Technology and Innovation, Group Dynamics, Teams, Cultural Change, Design Management Strategies

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