Title

Experience-based learning in innovation and production

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

3-2008

Abstract

How can we model and document the impact of experience in product innovation? We use data on the innovation and production histories of 294 product platforms to explore experience-based learning. We extend learning curve concepts from their traditional domain – the production process – into the product innovation process to build and test a richer, quantitative model of learning. The results suggest that learning occurs differently in the innovation process than in production. They also suggest that how and where a firm learns depend in part on the complexity of product components and sub-systems. Finally, we discuss the competitive implications for product innovation.

Discipline

Business | Strategic Management Policy | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

R&D Management

Volume

38

Issue

2

First Page

141

Last Page

153

ISSN

0033-6807

Identifier

10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00504.x

Publisher

Wiley

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9310.2008.00504.x