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On and Off the Beaten Path: Transferring Knowledge through Formal and Informal Networks

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  • Aalbers, Rick

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    (Atos Consulting)

  • Koppius, Otto

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    (RSM/Erasmus University)

  • Dolfsma, Wilfred

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    (RSM/Erasmus University)

Abstract

Informal networks are often emphasized as facilitating knowledge transfer. However, we find that formal networks also contribute significantly to knowledge transfer, and in fact contribute more than informal networks. This is particularly the case when knowledge is transferred between units. Additional analysis shows a synergetic effect between formal and informal ties, which suggests that knowledge transfer effects that in previous studies were attributed to informal networks only, may in fact be caused by the combination of both formal and informal networks. We conclude that there is more than one path to transfer knowledge effectively.

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Paper provided by Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy in its series CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers with number 2006/8.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2006
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:lucirc:2006_008

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Keywords: Knowledge transfer; Formal networks; informal networks; multi-unit organizations.;

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  1. Ejermo, Olof & Kander, Astrid, 2006. "The Swedish Paradox," CIRCLE Electronic Working Papers 2006/1, Lund University, CIRCLE - Center for Innovation, Research and Competences in the Learning Economy.
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