Emerging global markets and rapid technological development make strong demands on the ability of companies to develop and utilize knowledge. In order to handle the knowledge management problem, firms have to search for new collaborative ways of organizing internationalization and technical development. This is reflected in a growing interest among both businessmen and academics in business networks. Business networks have been defined as networks of connected business relationships between firms, where a business relationship is a lasting relation between two firms doing business with one another. Business network relationships are particularly interesting since they allow the companies to interact more closely with each other and thereby handle critical problems in a way that is beneficial in the long run for the parties involved. It has been demonstrated that business networks are closely related to company learning. First, learning is an important element in business network development. Second, learning is an effect of interaction in business networks relationships. Third, learning can be a part of interaction in relationships.Against this background, the objective of this volume is to discuss learning in business network settings.
Series editor's preface. List of tables and figures. The contributors. Introduction. Business network learning - basic considerations (H. Hakansson, J. Johanson). Business Relationship Learning. Inter-organizational interaction and organizational teaching (H. Hakansson et al.). The balanced scorecard and learning in business relationships (L. Frimanson, J. Lynd). Business-governed product development: knowledge utilization in business relationships (U. Andersson, J. Dahlqvist). The internationalisation process as knowledge translation in international business relationships (Soon-Gwon Choi, K. Eriksson). Network Relationship Learning. The transferability of knowledge in business network relationships (K. Eriksson, J. Hohenthal). Collective innovation - the case of Scania-Cummins (L. Silver, T. Wedin). The usefulness of network relationship experience in the internationalization of the firm (K. Eriksson et al.). Expectation - the missing link in the internationalization process model (A. Hadjikhani, M. Johanson). Creation and Diffusion of knowledge in subsidiary business networks (C. Pahlberg). Company Network Learning. Relationship configuration and competence development in MNC subsidiaries (M. Andersson et al.). Knowledge flows in MNCs through cross-border and cross-functional projects (K. Lagerstrom). Management control systems: a tool for learning in the global economy (C.B. Eriksson, J. Lindvall). Author index. Subject index.