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Innovating Organization and Management
New Sources of Competitive Advantage

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  • Date Published: January 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107648227

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  • The search for competitive advantage serves as the basis for organizational strategy. This book argues that there are four key sources of competitive advantage and financial success that have not been given the attention they deserve. Firstly, that organizational design and management processes may be strategic resources in their own right. Secondly, that organizational design and management processes can be deployed to create new strategic resources. Thirdly, that managers have begun to think of organizational design and management processes in a proactive way rather than seeing them more passively as necessary facilitators of success. Fourthly, that this new way of looking at organization and management requires a search for new ways of structuring organizational design and managerial processes. These points are driven home through case studies of the Danish firms LEGO Group, Vestas Wind Systems, Coloplast, Chr. Hansen, IC Companys and NKT Flexibles.

    • Directs the attention of management students and practitioners to the importance of management innovations in understanding successful performance at firm level
    • Explains the importance of management innovation through real cases, not just as a theoretical concept
    • Includes reflection questions and discussions across the cases so that they can form the basis for classroom discussions
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    'This important book turns the spotlight on management innovation as a source of sustainable competitive advantage. Using detailed case studies of six successful Danish companies, [it] make[s] the case that it is just as important for executives to think creatively about how they work, as they do about the products and services they sell. This book has important practical implications for business people, and it offers a useful new theoretical lens through which academics can understand corporate success.' Julian Birkinshaw, Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, London Business School

    'This book provides great insights in[to] the actual leadership and management processes of key Danish companies.' Yves Doz, Solvay Chair of Technological Innovation, INSEAD

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    • Date Published: January 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107648227
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 154 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus. 14 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures
    List of tables
    List of boxes
    1. New sources of competitive advantage
    2. Causes of firm success: from resources to organization and management
    3. LEGO: redefining the boundaries
    4. Vestas: the will to win(d)
    5. Coloplast: innovating innovation
    6. Chr. Hansen: collaborative forms under private equity ownership
    7. IC Companys: creative genius and commercial attitudes
    8. NKT Flexibles: global sourcing of R and D innovation
    9. Concluding reflections: innovating organization and management to stay competitive
    Index.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Entrepreneurship Management
    • Organization Theory and Management
  • Authors

    Nicolai J. Foss, Copenhagen Business School
    Nicolai J. Foss is Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and Professor II at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He was previously Director of the Department of Strategic Management and Globalization at the Copenhagen Business School.

    Torben Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School
    Torben Pedersen is Professor of International Business in the Copenhagen Business School's Department of Strategic Management and Globalization.

    Jacob Pyndt, Copenhagen Consulting Company
    Jacob Pyndt works for Nordea, a leading pan-European bank, where he works on business strategy issues with a primary focus on outsourcing of functions and processes.

    Majken Schultz, Copenhagen Business School
    Majken Schultz is Professor at the Copenhagen Business School and a partner in the Reputation Institute.

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