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