Knowledge risks in organizational networks: the practice perspective

Marabelli, Marco and Newell, Susan (2012) Knowledge risks in organizational networks: the practice perspective. Journal of Strategic Information Systems, 21 (1). pp. 18-30. ISSN 0963-8687

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Abstract

This commentary paper aims to highlight issues associated with the supposed ability to transfer knowledge across networks. In response to the paper “Risks in Organizational Networks: An Exploratory Framework”, (Trkman and Desouza, 2012, pp. 1–17), we argue that the taken-for-granted assumption that knowledge is transferrable represents a risk in itself. We analyze knowledge in networks using a practice perspective – in turn we consider knowledge as enacted in social practices and as context-specific. In contrast with Trkman and Desouza’s paper, we argue that if knowledge is seen as enacted in practice, a framework that maps risks associated with knowledge transfer is limiting. We conclude that, since knowing in practice is emergent and not fully controllable, adopting a set of best practices on how to effectively transfer (or not) knowledge could itself be risky for managers who then believe that knowledge can be treated as a commodity and easily moved about a network.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Janet Snow
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2014 09:01
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 09:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/49538
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