Knowledge Management and Innovation in Networks

Knowledge Management and Innovation in Networks

Edited by Ard-Pieter de Man

As an ever-increasing amount of innovation takes place within networks, companies are collaborating in developing and marketing new products, services and practices. This in turn requires knowledge to flow across company boundaries. This book demonstrates how companies encourage this knowledge to flow in networks that can involve dozens of partners. Substantiated by five in-depth case studies of innovative networks, the authors identify and analyse the solutions implemented by companies in order to meet the key knowledge management challenges they encounter. Theoretical and management implications of the study are then defined.

Chapter 6: Pig-breeding as a Knowledge-intensive Sector

Ard-Pieter de Man

Subjects: business and management, knowledge management, organisational innovation, innovation and technology, knowledge management, organisational innovation

Extract

The production of pork has over time become a knowledge-intensive activity. Increasing demands on health, animal welfare, economic performance, innovation and internationalization are transforming the production of pork at all stages of the value chain. Breeders have had to cope with this development too. The Netherlands is one of the world’s leading producers of breeding pigs and pork.

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