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Innovation and cognitive distance within a community of practice: an agent-based model

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  • Widad Guechtouli

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The development of New Information and Communication Technologies (NICT) in particular brought considerable changes in the management of codified knowledge. Nevertheless, the management of such a capital quickly appears problematic. In fact, a great quantity of knowledge is not transmitted this way; it is rather diffused by means of social interactions. We focus here on communities of practice and wish to know what impact does the cognitive distance that may exist between different members of a community have on the process of knowledge creation. We use agent-based modelling and preliminary results show that the cognitive distance that may, or may not, exist between the different members of a community does not seem to have an impact on the process of knowledge creation.

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Paper provided by Department of Research, Ipag Business School in its series Working Papers with number 2014-149.

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Length: 7 pages
Date of creation: 25 Feb 2014
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Handle: RePEc:ipg:wpaper:2014-149

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Keywords: innovation; knowledge; cognitive distance; agent-based simulations;

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  1. Nigel Gilbert & Pietro Terna, 2000. "How to build and use agent-based models in social science," Mind and Society: Cognitive Studies in Economics and Social Sciences, Fondazione Rosselli, vol. 1(1), pages 57-72, March.
  2. Patrick Cohendet & Murât Yildizoglu & Olivier Dupouët, 2003. "Morphogenèse de communautés de pratique," Revue d'Économie Industrielle, Programme National Persée, vol. 103(1), pages 91-110.
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  1. Manelle Guechtouli & Serge Amabile & Benoit Fantino, 2014. "Quels objectifs d’élaboration des politiques de sécurité de l’information dans les organisations ?," Working Papers 2014-396, Department of Research, Ipag Business School.

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