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dc.contributor.advisorDonna Rhodes.en_US
dc.contributor.authorEspinosa Vasconcelos, Fernando (Francisco Fernando)en_US
dc.contributor.otherSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-03T15:25:26Z
dc.date.available2008-09-03T15:25:26Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/42353
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, System Design and Management Program, 2007.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 103-105).en_US
dc.description.abstractArchitectural 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.statementofresponsibilityby Fernando Espinosa Vasconcelos.en_US
dc.format.extent105 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.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.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.titleAn exploration of architectural innovation in professional service firmsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystem Design and Management Program.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentSystem Design and Management Program
dc.identifier.oclc234191598en_US


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