Technology, Innovation and Knowledge: The Importance of Ideas and International Connectivity

Ulf Andersson, Angels Dasi, Ram Mudambi, Torben Pedersen

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    The relevance of ideas is at the core of the IB field and has been captured in concepts like technology, innovation and knowledge. While these concepts have evolved over the last decades, the point that the ideas and the international connectivity are central for IB remains genuine. This paper is an attempt to take stock of the evolution of the concepts technology, innovation and knowledge in IB literature along the past five decades with a particular focus on the role of the Columbia Journal of World Business (CJWB) and the Journal of World Business (JWB) in this evolution. Likewise, our objective is to offer a research agenda for the coming decade. We proceed in two steps. First, we scrutinize how the IB literature has progressed and expanded over the last five decades, illustrating this on the basis of articles published in CJWB and JWB. Second, we take a helicopter view on this literature and reflect on the insights we have gained and the challenges the IB field has ahead that can constitute the basis for a future research agenda. We highlight the importance of creating a micro-foundation of knowledge processes where mechanisms on the interaction between the higher levels (nation, firm, teams) and the individual level are clarified.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of World Business
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)153-162
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 2016


    • Technology
    • Innovation
    • Knowledge
    • Sourcing
    • Internal transfer
    • External transfer
    • Integration

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