Industry Structures and Knowledge Structures

Kabanoff, Boris & Keegan, Jack (2008) Industry Structures and Knowledge Structures. In Festing, Marion & Royer, Susanne (Eds.) Current Issues in International Human Resource Management and Strategy Research. Hampp Verlag, Munchen, pp. 37-57.

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Abstract

This chapter builds on Kabanoff and Brown (2008) who found evidence of underlying knowledge structures in managers' patterns of strategic cognition. Walsh (1995: 281) defined knowledge structures as 'a mental template that individuals impose on an informational environment to give it form and meaning.' Knowledge structures order an information environment in a way that enables subsequent interpretation and action, are built on past experience, and represent organized knowledge about a given concept or type of stimulus. In other words, managers' knowledge structures are the essential lens through which they interact with their often complex and dynamic strategic environments. Kabanoff and Brown (2008) developed a computer aided text analysis (CATA) approach based on machine learning that allowed them to measure latent features of managerial knowledge structures in a large multi-industry sample of Australian firms. They demonstrated that managers' strategic knowledge structures could be usefully described in terms of the main strategic themes and types described in the well known and still influential model of generic strategies developed by Miles and Snow (1974). This chapter explores the idea that knowledge structures do not just shape managers’ cognitions about their environment but that those cognitions can be seen as shaping the very environment they are meant to represent, in this case the industry environment within which firms operate.

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ID Code: 15171
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Industry Structures, Knowledge Structures, Strategy
ISBN: 9783866182394
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Organisational Planning and Management (150312)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Hampp Verlag
Deposited On: 17 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 14:05

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