A new model of knowledge flows/transfer
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[German title: Ein neues Wissensfluss/-transfer-Modell]

Title: Structural issues and knowledge management in transnational education partnerships 
Author(s): John S. Walton, Gisèle Guarisco 
Journal: Journal of European Industrial Training 
ISSN: 0309-0590 
Year: 2007 Volume: 31 Issue: 5 Page: 358 – 376 
DOI: 10.1108/03090590710756800 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this research is to analyse knowledge flows within a transnational educational partnership and to use social network analysis to map out structural differences between the two partners and the evolution of these differences over time.
Design/methodology/approach – A single longitudinal case study social network analysis is undertaken over a ten-year period based on semi-structured interviews with key informants supported by observational and archival data.
Findings – The investigation identifies feedback, feed-forward and feed-across knowledge transfer processes resulting in shared personal learning within the network zone and increasing institutionalisation of acquired knowledge.
Research limitations/implications – The findings are based on a single case study setting and further research with similar partnerships needs to be undertaken to establish points of comparison.
Practical implications – How diagrammatic representation can be used to capture key structural issues that underpin the knowledge management process in loosely formed organisational settings.
Originality/value – The paper presents a new diagnostic-enabling knowledge management model that helps address issues of how knowledge flows/transfer can be analysed and identified between partners at individual, group and organisational level. This model also identifies the inter-organisational space that bounds the social network under discussion. 

Keywords: Education, Knowledge management, Social structure 

Article Type: Research paper 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/03090590710756800
 
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