Leadership in online knowledge networks : challenges and coping strategies in a network of practice
AbstractIn this paper we explore the challenges and coping strategies for leading online intraorganizational Networks of Practice (NOPs). The research indicates that coordinating distributed knowledge in NOPs poses a leadership challenge that is not yet addressed in the literature on knowledge management in general and is unique when comparing intraorganizational NOPs to research on leadership in other types of online knowledge networks. This challenge entails creating and maintaining a balance between the interests of the formal organization and the interests of the informal network, and shows that coordinating informal knowledge sharing in a formal context involves a management dilemma thereby contributing to theory on coordinating distributed knowledge
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics in its series Serie Research Memoranda with number 0004.
Date of creation: 2008
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distributed knowledge; knowledge coordination; leadership; management dilemma; networks of practice;
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2008-06-21 (All new papers)
- NEP-CSE-2008-06-21 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-ICT-2008-06-21 (Information & Communication Technologies)
- NEP-KNM-2008-06-21 (Knowledge Management & Knowledge Economy)
- NEP-NET-2008-06-21 (Network Economics)
- NEP-SOC-2008-06-21 (Social Norms & Social Capital)
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