Kevin Freeman is the head of team developing plastic knee replacements. Each member of the team brings specialized knowledge to the innovation process. Without both engineers and materials specialists, the project sould not be successful. This an example of the:
benefits of use of dispersed knowledge.
cost of employee of buy-in.
cost of collective action problems.
problem of the free ride.
In addition to other factors, the increased use of technology and the reduced costs of information transfer from local office to corporate headquarters has:
significantly increased the need for centralized decision making.
only brought about increased costs to decentralization.
reduced needs for middle managers and increased the scope of local decision making powers.
shown that technology has little impact on the centralization issue