Trustworthiness, Risk, and the Transfer of Tacit and Explicit Knowledge Between Alliance Partners
The transfer of knowledge in alliances entails risk to partners, whose willingness to accept it presumably relies on the trustworthiness that they perceive in their partners. We investigate the extent to which the perceptions of trustworthiness and the willingness to take risk determine the transfer of knowledge between alliance partners and their ultimate impact on alliance success. The results show that the transfer of tacit versus explicit knowledge have very different trust and risk profiles. Whereas explicit knowledge is closely associated with the firm's willingness to take risk, tacit knowledge is intimately related to high trustworthiness. The results support the important role of trust and the transfer of tacit knowledge on the success of learning alliances. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2008.
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Volume (Year): 45 (2008)
Issue (Month): 4 (06)
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