Multi-Organizational Networks: Three Antecedents of Knowledge Transfer

Multi-Organizational Networks: Three Antecedents of Knowledge Transfer

Jennifer Lewis Priestley (Kennesaw State University, USA) and Subhashish Samaddar (Georgia State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/jkm.2007010106
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Abstract

Researchers have demonstrated that organizations operating within formal networks are more likely to experience knowledge transfer, and the associated benefits of knowledge transfer, than would organizations operating outside of a network. However, limited research attention has been given to how the established antecedents of knowledge transfer are affected by the different forms that multi-organizational networks can assume. Using two case studies, we develop six testable propositions regarding how three of the established antecedents of knowledge transfer —absorptive capacity, shared identity and causal ambiguity—would be affected by the different characteristics, which define multi-organizational network form. We discuss these propositions and raise issues of relevance for researchers and practitioners.

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