The Need for Knowledge Modification in Technology Change: - A Framework to Consider Changes in Domain Complexity, Knowledge and Productivity

Erik Skov Madsen, Lars Lindegaard Mikkelsen

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Abstract

This paper researches productivity in relation to domain complexity and the present knowledge capacity in an organisational context. The study is based on five very different case studies. Three studies are conducted in Denmark, Germany, Mexico and China and are related to knowledge transfer in the relocation of manufacturing facilities. Two studies investigate operation and automation of oil and gas production in the North Sea. The case study method involves semi-structured interviews, surveys, an analysis of historical production data and observations. Based on the findings from the field studies, the paper develops a conceptual framework that management can use for discussions of productivity, development of knowledge and design of learning programmes when considering changes in the complexity of a domain or a change in knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
JournalProduction Planning & Control
Volume29
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)91-105
ISSN0953-7287
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018

Keywords

  • Knowledge modification
  • technology change
  • Domain complexity
  • Productivity
  • learning programmes
  • domain complexity
  • productivity

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