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

Theodorakopoulos, N., McGowan, C., Bennett, D., Kakabadse, N. and Figueira, C. (2014) Diversifying into technical clothing manufacture as entrepreneurial learning: a situated learning theory perspective. Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 25 (5). pp. 676-693. ISSN 1741-038X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-09-2013-0122

Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Henley Business School > Marketing and Reputation
ID Code:36992
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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