Inter-project learning: processes and outcomes of knowledge codification in project-based firms

Prencipe, Andrea and Tell, Fredrik (2001) Inter-project learning: processes and outcomes of knowledge codification in project-based firms. Research Policy, 30 (9). pp. 1373-1394. ISSN 0048-7333

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In this paper, we argue that the literature on knowledge codification has been overly concerned with the economic properties of its outcomes, neglecting the importance of its underlying learning processes. Following Zollo and Winter [Organisation Science, 2001, in press], the paper distinguishes three learning processes: experience accumulation, knowledge articulation and knowledge codification and suggests a framework to analyse the learning abilities of project-based firms. We propose that mechanisms for inter-project learning draw upon these learning processes and can be found at various levels of the project-based firm. Using empirical evidence from six case studies, we discern three empirical patterns, that we defined learning landscapes, of such mechanisms. Implications for the literature and practice of knowledge codification are discussed.

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Additional Information: The way in which learning takes place in project-based firms, which usually recombine in new consortia with other such firms for each new project, has long stood as a challenge to understanding CoPS. The paper draws on a new framework for interpreting learning processes to propose mechanisms for inter-project learning. Three empirical patterns are distinguished as case studies. The paper is the result of work conducted in the CoPS Centre.
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Andrea Prencipe
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:31
Last Modified: 30 Mar 2012 15:03
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