November 15, 2016 - 12:15
Guest Speaker: Arusyak ZAKARYAN (SKEMA Business School)
Organizational Learning and Knowledge structures: the interplay between experimental and cognitive search
Venue: SKEMA Business School, Sophia-Antipolis Campus - room 347
The purpose of this study is to identify internal search strategies that enhance the inventive outcomes of experience-based learning and knowledge structures that promote such learning processes. We build upon the argument that, inventive search combines two logics of behavior; cognitive search – based on cognitive representations – and experiential search – based on feedbacks from prior actions. We further suggest that internal search that builds upon technologically distant knowledge allows to maintain the balance between these two search logics and enhances, thereby, inventive outcomes. Moreover, such internal boundary spanning search is more rewarding when knowledge networks that accommodate organizational knowledge are highly decomposable – characterized by distinct clusters of knowledge elements with dense couplings within clusters and no significant couplings between clusters. Using a longitudinal dataset from global photographic equipment and supplies industry covering 89 firms from 1975 to 2008 we find statistical support for our arguments.