This updated, second edition of Management of Technology and Innovation: Competing Through Technological Excellence offers an understanding of the management of technology and innovation, not in isolation, but as a dynamic integrated system connected to organizational culture, knowledge management and value creation.This book will be an invaluable resource for management students and teachers studying the theory and practice of technology management.

Structural Imperatives of Technology Management

Structural imperatives of technology management

The management of technology along its dimensions of productivity and incremental innovation, WCM involving TQM, JIT, and CIM systems, and the absorption, innovation, and fusion of technologies, all rely basically on teams as the key structural element of organizations. Centralized, highly formal, and bureaucratic organization structure is seen to be irrelevant and inappropriate in this context. Work conditions and requirements for managing knowledge-intensive systems of production and technology call for a flexible and decentralized organization structure. Such a structure relies primarily on informal management interaction and open lateral communication within the firm. Middle management and multiple hierarchic layers become irrelevant as coordinating mechanisms.

Indicated Features of Organization Structure for Technology Management

The available empirical evidence from diverse sources ...

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