The biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies fields are dotted with a variety of cooperative relations to obtain knowledge, skills and resources that can not access are made by organizations internally in a timely manner. As more companies rely on relationships to external knowledge, the capacity for processing, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in one context to other activities, is critical. This article examines the ability to learn both how and what to learn in the context of t … Read more »

The biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies fields are dotted with a variety of cooperative relations to obtain knowledge, skills and resources that can not access are made by organizations internally in a timely manner. As more companies rely on relationships to external knowledge, the capacity for processing, transmission and dissemination of knowledge in one context to other activities, is critical. This article examines the ability to learn both how and what to learn in the context of these inter-organizational relationships, and it overlooks various practices of companies to access and develop the knowledge distribution. The key challenge in innovation-intensive fields is to develop organizational routines for learning that are robust, flexible and robust.
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Walter W. Powell
Source: California Management Review
14 pages.
Release date: 01 April 1998. Prod #: CMR117-PDF-ENG
Learning from collaboration: knowledge and networks in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry HBR case solution

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