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Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice; Towards a Conceptual Framework
Whelan, Eoin
The recently developed knowledge-based view of the firm argues that knowledge is the firm's most valuable resource. Within this field of study, informal social networks are rapidly gaining attention as mechanisms which facilitate knowledge flows. Electronic networks of practice are a special case of informal networks where the sharing of practice related knowledge occurs primarily through computer-based communication technologies. However, we know relatively little about the dynamics of knowledge exchange which occur in these electronic networks. This paper posits that there is a relationship between the structural properties of electronic networks of practice and successful knowledge exchange. The theoretical positions of social network theory and the knowledge-based view of the firm are used to support this claim.
Keyword(s): Knowledge; Networks of practice; Electronic community; Social networks; Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC)
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Type: Working paper
Peer-Reviewed: Yes
Language(s): English
Institution: NUI Galway
Publisher(s): CISC
File Format(s): application/pdf
First Indexed: 2015-11-10 09:22:11 Last Updated: 2015-11-10 09:22:11