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An exploration of architectural innovation in professional service firms

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dc.contributor.advisor Donna Rhodes. en_US
dc.contributor.author Espinosa Vasconcelos, Fernando (Francisco Fernando) en_US
dc.contributor.other System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2008-09-03T15:25:26Z
dc.date.available 2008-09-03T15:25:26Z
dc.date.copyright 2007 en_US
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/42353
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2007. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 103-105). en_US
dc.description.abstract Architectural innovation is achieved using architectural knowledge to reconfigure an established system to link together components in a new way that provides a competitive advantage. Components in professional service firms are the expertise areas in which the firms have developed proficiency or those in which they plan to develop it. Competitive advantage in professional service firms is related to the capacity of the firm to add continuing value to a dynamic set of clients and to itself. In order to add value, professional service firms, being knowledge intensive, must develop capabilities that enhance the knowledge capital they possess, which is valuable to both its clients and to the professionals they employ. This knowledge capital can be classified into Human Knowledge, Relational Knowledge and Structural Knowledge. The first two types are comprised mainly of tacit knowledge, while the third one consists of explicit knowledge. Architectural innovation modes result from the reconfiguration of these knowledge types in ways that enhance the value creation processes of professional service firms. This work explores the ways professional services firms achieve these reconfigurations and offers insights into the key characteristics of successful practices. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Fernando Espinosa Vasconcelos. en_US
dc.format.extent 105 leaves en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582 en_US
dc.subject System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.title An exploration of architectural innovation in professional service firms en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department System Design and Management Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 234191598 en_US


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