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Boundaryless Management - Creating, transforming and using knowledge in inter-organizational collaboration. A literature review

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  • Blomberg, Jesper

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    (Center for People and Organization)

  • Werr, Andreas

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    (Center for People and Organization)

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    Current literature on organizations often argues that firms are becoming increasingly dependent on knowledge residing outside their own boundaries requiring organizations to increase their entrepreneurial abilities and make their boundaries more flexible and permeable. This paper reviews the literature on what might be called interorganizational knowledge work. Implied in this focus is an assumption of clear organizaitonal boundaries. Rather than taking these boundaries and their importance for granted, the current review, however, aims at relativizing these boundaries. By focusing the empirical phenomenon of collaboration between individuals in different organizations, four different streams of literature with different constructions of the organizational boundary and its importance were identified: the literature on learning in alliances and joint ventures, the literature on collaboration in industrial networks, the literature on social networks and communities of practice and finally the literature on geographical clusters and innovation systems. The above four streams of the literature are reviewed with a special focus on the following three questions: 1. What is the role of (organizational) boundaries in interorganizational knowledge work? 2. What do we know about how these boundaries can be overcome? 3. What are the implications for managing interorganizational knowledge work spelled out in the literature?

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    Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Business Administration with number 2006:2.

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    Length: 35 pages
    Date of creation: 27 Jan 2006
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    Handle: RePEc:hhb:hastba:2006_002

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    Keywords: Interorganizational collaboration; Knowledge Management; Literature review;

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