Managing and exploiting knowledge flows is an imperative for all firms. Scholars, practitioners, and analysts agree on the importance of production, diffusion, and use of knowledge as the most relevant drivers of the world economy. Being knowledge tacit or explicit, organizations need to recognize it as a valuable resource and tap into the collective intelligence and skills of employees in order to create a greater organizational knowledge base and remain competitive in the global marketplace. Consistently, investigating knowledge, how this may be accumulated and then used as well as its consequences for individual and organizational performance is still a hot topic in several fields of research. Starting from this premise, this dissertation proposes four studies on different yet interrelated knowledge-related topics. They are categorized into three research areas: cognition in knowledge-based processes, knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer, and knowledge utilization. Cognition in knowledge-based processes is addresses by Chapter 3, which links boundary spanning literature with top management teams’ members interacting with both internal and external networks. The second research area (i.e., knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer) has led to the development of Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 which respectively investigate the organizational antecedents to employees’ knowledge sharing behaviors and vicarious learning among companies engaging in licensing agreements. Knowledge utilization is examined in Chapter 6, whose purpose is to explore the effect of individual creativity and job design dimensions on employees’ orientation toward using the already available knowledge. See Table 1 here below for an outline of the thesis.

Understanding the relevance of knowledge flows: how to realize the benefits of knowledge transfer processes / Lombardi, Sara. - (2016 Jun 10).

Understanding the relevance of knowledge flows: how to realize the benefits of knowledge transfer processes

Lombardi, Sara
2016-06-10

Abstract

Managing and exploiting knowledge flows is an imperative for all firms. Scholars, practitioners, and analysts agree on the importance of production, diffusion, and use of knowledge as the most relevant drivers of the world economy. Being knowledge tacit or explicit, organizations need to recognize it as a valuable resource and tap into the collective intelligence and skills of employees in order to create a greater organizational knowledge base and remain competitive in the global marketplace. Consistently, investigating knowledge, how this may be accumulated and then used as well as its consequences for individual and organizational performance is still a hot topic in several fields of research. Starting from this premise, this dissertation proposes four studies on different yet interrelated knowledge-related topics. They are categorized into three research areas: cognition in knowledge-based processes, knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer, and knowledge utilization. Cognition in knowledge-based processes is addresses by Chapter 3, which links boundary spanning literature with top management teams’ members interacting with both internal and external networks. The second research area (i.e., knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer) has led to the development of Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 which respectively investigate the organizational antecedents to employees’ knowledge sharing behaviors and vicarious learning among companies engaging in licensing agreements. Knowledge utilization is examined in Chapter 6, whose purpose is to explore the effect of individual creativity and job design dimensions on employees’ orientation toward using the already available knowledge. See Table 1 here below for an outline of the thesis.
Top management team. Vicarious learning. Knowledge transfer. Knowledge utilization.
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