The Social Embeddedness of Knowledge:

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dc.contributor.author Lam, Alice
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-02
dc.date.accessioned 2010-07-02T09:36:35Z
dc.date.available 2010-07-02T09:36:35Z
dc.date.issued 2010-07-02
dc.identifier.isbn 87-7873-043-0
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8108
dc.description.abstract The growing importance of knowledge-based competition has prompted many firms to build international cooperative ventures for skills acquisition and knowledge building. Based on an empirical study of a close collaboration in the knowledge intensive area between a British and a Japanese high-technology firm, the paper examines how the socially embedded nature of knowledge can impede cross-national collaborative work and knowledge sharing. The paper uses Michael Polanyi's concept of 'tacit knowledge' in a much wider societal context. It develops a conceptual model for analysing the main differences and 'points of friction' between the British 'professional' and the Japanese 'organisational' models of organisation of knowledge in high-level technical work. It shows how the dominant form of knowledge held in organisations, its degree of tacitness, and the way in which it is structured, utilised and transmitted can vary considerably between firms in different societal settings. The study demonstrates a strong presence of 'societal effects' on the knowledge base of the firm and how this might impose a limit on knowledge sharing and organisational learning across national boundaries. en_US
dc.format.extent 47 s. en_US
dc.language eng en_US
dc.publisher Copenhagen Business School en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries DRUID;98-7
dc.subject.other Knowledge transfer, technology and organization, societal effect, tacit knowledge, organisational en_US
dc.title The Social Embeddedness of Knowledge: en_US
dc.type wp en_US
dc.accessionstatus modt10jul02 siso en_US
dc.contributor.corporation Copenhagen Business School. CBS en_US
dc.contributor.department Institut for Innovation og Organisationsøkonomi en_US
dc.contributor.departmentshort INO en_US
dc.contributor.departmentuk Department of Innovation and Organizational Economics en_US
dc.contributor.departmentukshort INO en_US
dc.idnumber x644792514 en_US
dc.publisher.city København en_US
dc.publisher.year 1998 en_US
dc.title.subtitle Problems of Knowledge Sharing and Organisational Learning in International High-Technology Ventures en_US


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