Exploiting and Nurturing In-House Technological Capabilities: Lessons from the Aerospace Industry

TitleExploiting and Nurturing In-House Technological Capabilities: Lessons from the Aerospace Industry
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2001
AuthorsPrencipe, A.
Secondary TitleInternational Journal of Innovation Management
Abstract

This paper identifies four major types of technological capabilities of firms developing multi-technology products: integrative, absorptive, coordinative, and generative. Using an in-depth case study of a high technology sub-system, the paper focuses on a firm’s generative capabilities. The paper illustrates that a firm’s generative capabilities enables it to (a) frame a particular problem, (b) enact an innovative vision, and (c) solve the problem by developing new manufacturing techniques. The triad frame-enact-solve is argued to be the primary feature of a firm’s generative capability.

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