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Virtual Competencies and Knowledge Transfer in Global NPD: A Case Study

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  • Päivi Lohikoski

    (University of Oulu, Finland)

  • Harri Haapasalo

    (University of Oulu, Finland)

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    Abstract

    Virtual new product development teams are geographically dispersed and cross-functional, yet they work on highly interdependent tasks by communicating electronically in work groups. This virtual interdependence, among other issues, presents new challenges for the management of knowledge transfer in global New Product Development (NPD). In this project, virtual competencies were studied with the use of qualitative methods to assess the most significant issues affecting knowledge transfer in virtual settings in global NPD. As a result, the existing theory regarding virtual competencies and virtual organizations was refined and potential barriers for knowledge transfer were discovered. The success of knowledge workers is crucial for the performance of knowledge-based organizations, which form the basis of our global economy; therefore, this study’s findings are significant.

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    Article provided by International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia in its journal International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning.

    Volume (Year): 2 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 185-207

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    Handle: RePEc:isv:jouijm:v:2:y:2013:i:2:p:185-207

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    Keywords: knowledge management; virtual organization; new product development; knowledge transfer; virtual competencies;

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    1. Ion IVAN & Cristian CIUREA & Mihai DOINEA, 2012. "Collaborative Virtual Organizations in Knowledge-based Economy," Informatica Economica, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 16(1), pages 143-154.
    2. Anyanitha Distanont & Harri Haapasalo & Mirja Vaananen & Jari Lehto, 2012. "The Engagement between Knowledge Transfer and Requirements Engineering," International Journal of Management, Knowledge and Learning, International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje, Slovenia, vol. 1(2), pages 131-156.
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