We consider here the governance of learning and the diffusion of technological knowledge in the civil aircraft industry. We describe a systemic process by which specialization in knowledge encourages depth whilst breadth is captured through the integration of con- tributions by the lead manufacturer, which acts as systems integrator. We explore the boundaries of the knowledge bases related to airframe structure and systems and air- craft instrumentation by using patents as tracers, considering the range of scientific and technological disciplines related to the industry as well as the sources of that knowledge. We conclude by introducing the research questions to a more detailed case study: the governance of knowledge in aviation electronics, or avionics.

Exploring the Miracle: Strategy and the Management of Knowledge Bases in the Aeronautics Industry / Acha, Virginia; Brusoni, Stefano; Prencipe, Andrea. - In: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT. - ISSN 0219-8770. - STAMPA. - 1, 4:(2007), pp. 15-39.

Exploring the Miracle: Strategy and the Management of Knowledge Bases in the Aeronautics Industry

PRENCIPE, ANDREA
2007

Abstract

We consider here the governance of learning and the diffusion of technological knowledge in the civil aircraft industry. We describe a systemic process by which specialization in knowledge encourages depth whilst breadth is captured through the integration of con- tributions by the lead manufacturer, which acts as systems integrator. We explore the boundaries of the knowledge bases related to airframe structure and systems and air- craft instrumentation by using patents as tracers, considering the range of scientific and technological disciplines related to the industry as well as the sources of that knowledge. We conclude by introducing the research questions to a more detailed case study: the governance of knowledge in aviation electronics, or avionics.
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