Diversifying into technical clothing manufacture as entrepreneurial learning:a situated learning theory perspective

Theodorakopoulos, Nick, McGowan, Carmel, Bennett, David, Kakabadse, Nada and Figueira, Catarina (2014). Diversifying into technical clothing manufacture as entrepreneurial learning:a situated learning theory perspective. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 (5), pp. 676-693.


Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate analytically how entrepreneurial action as learning relating to diversifying into technical clothing - i.e. a high-value manufacturing sector - can take place. This is particularly relevant to recent discussion and debate in academic and policy-making circles concerning the survival of the clothing manufacture industry in developed industrialised countries. Design/methodology/approach - Using situated learning theory (SLT) as the major analytical lens, this case study examines an episode of entrepreneurial action relating to diversification into a high-value manufacturing sector. It is considered on instrumentality grounds, revealing wider tendencies in the management of knowledge and capabilities requisite for effective entrepreneurial action of this kind. Findings - Boundary events, brokers, boundary objects, membership structures and inclusive participation that addresses power asymmetries are found to be crucial organisational design elements, enabling the development of inter- and intracommunal capacities. These together constitute a dynamic learning capability, which underpins entrepreneurial action, such as diversification into high-value manufacturing sectors. Originality/value - Through a refinement of SLT in the context of entrepreneurial action, the paper contributes to an advancement of a substantive theory of managing technological knowledge and capabilities for effective diversification into high-value manufacturing sectors.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-09-2013-0122
Divisions: Aston Business School > Work & organisational psychology
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Uncontrolled Keywords: communities of practice,diversification capabilities,entrepeneurial action,entrepreneurial learning,high-value manufacturing,technological knowledge management,Computer Science Applications,Software,Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering,Control and Systems Engineering,Strategy and Management
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Published Date: 2014-06-02
Authors: Theodorakopoulos, Nick
McGowan, Carmel
Bennett, David ( 0000-0003-1480-8652)
Kakabadse, Nada
Figueira, Catarina



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