Diversifying into technical clothing manufacture: a situated learning theory perspective

Nick Theodorakopoulos, Nada Kakabadse, David Bennett, Catarina Figueira, Breno Nunes

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Abstract

An organisation’s ability to internalise external knowledge and learn from various sources in undertaking new product development and/or entering a new market is crucial to its competitive performance. Nevertheless, little attention has been paid to how growth-oriented small firms identify and exploit entrepreneurial opportunities, i.e. take entrepreneurial action, related to such methods of development, in a mature, contracting industry. The latter is particularly relevant to recent discussion and debate in academic and policy-making circles concerning the salvage of the clothing manufacture industry in developed industrialised countries, by intensifying efforts relating to diversification into high value manufacturing sectors. This paper, based on an instrumental case-firm, demonstrates analytically how learning as entrepreneurial action relating to diversifying into /technical clothing – i.e. a high value manufacturing/innovatory sector - takes place, drawing on situated learning theory. It is argued that learning relating to such entrepreneurial action is dynamic in nature and is founded on specific organising principles that foster both inter- and intracommunal learning.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationManaging technology-service convergences in the post-industrialized society
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 21st international conference of the international association for management of technology, IAMOT/National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, s. 00464
EditorsT. Khalil, Y. Hosni, S.-C. Hung
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event21st international conference of the international association for management of technology - Hsinchu, Taiwan, Province of China
Duration: 18 Mar 201222 Mar 2012

Conference

Conference21st international conference of the international association for management of technology
Abbreviated titleIAMOT 2012
CountryTaiwan, Province of China
CityHsinchu
Period18/03/1222/03/12

Keywords

  • communities of practice
  • high-value manufacturing
  • technical clothing manufacutre
  • technological capabilities development
  • situated learning theory

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  • Research Output

    • 1 Conference publication

    Philosophy, theory, and practice of green operations management

    Nunes, B., Bennett, D., Shaw, D. & Theodorakopoulos, N., 2012, Managing technology-service convergences in the post-industrialized society: proceedings of the 21st international conference of the international association for management of technology, IAMOT/National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, s. 00464. Khalil, T., Hosni, Y. & Hung, S-C. (eds.).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

    Open Access
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    Theodorakopoulos, N., Kakabadse, N., Bennett, D., Figueira, C., & Nunes, B. (2012). Diversifying into technical clothing manufacture: a situated learning theory perspective. In T. Khalil, Y. Hosni, & S-C. Hung (Eds.), Managing technology-service convergences in the post-industrialized society: proceedings of the 21st international conference of the international association for management of technology, IAMOT/National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan, s. 00464 http://publications.lib.chalmers.se/records/fulltext/local_165809.pdf