Knowledge Integration Through Inter-Organizational Virtual Organizations

Knowledge Integration Through Inter-Organizational Virtual Organizations

Montserrat Boronat Navarro (Universitat Jaume I, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch714
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In this study we adopt an inter-organizational view to examine virtual organizations. Thus, we understand this phenomenon as a strategic agreement between organizations that collaborate and coordinate their work through information technologies. This dimension adds greater flexibility to the strategic alliance, which in turn is beneficial for the integration of knowledge. In high technology industries, inter- organizational virtual organizations add further advantages to this option of knowledge integration through strategic alliances because of the importance of speed and flexibility. We put forward a series of propositions, following an initial approximation to this phenomenon through the combination of the strategic alliances, virtual organizations and the knowledge-based view literatures.

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