Learning from Those Who Left
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[German title: Von denen die gegangen sind lernen]

The Social Network Benefit: Losing an Employee Doesn’t Have to Mean Losing Knowledge
Knowledge@Wharton, 4 Oct. 2006

Abstract: It’s always been assumed that when employees leave their companies to join other ones that all their knowledge and experience leave with them. But new research suggests that, at least in the high-tech field, firms can wind up gaining access to the knowledge being generated at their former colleague’s new place. The results of this research are presented in a paper titled, “Learning from Those Who Left: The Reverse Transfer of Knowledge through Mobility Ties,” by Wharton management professor Lori Rosenkopf and Wharton doctoral student Rafael A. Corredoira.

Read the full article (or listen to the podcast) and download the research paper here.

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