Management Research, 6 (2), 2008 – interesting articles
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[Deutscher Titel: Management Research, 6 (2), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

A Conceptual Model of Firm Knowledge Base Dynamics in the Context of Mobility of Researchers pp. 83 – 92 
Kremena Slavcheva, Julio O. De Castro, Andrea Fosfuri 

  • Abstract: We examine how knowledge-intensive firms modify their organizational knowledge bases in the context of mobility of researchers. Building on a dynamic capabilities perspective, we propose a conceptual model of firm knowledge base dynamics that clearly distinguishes between two mechanisms: (1) changes in a firm’s pool of researchers and (2) a firm’s ability to reconfigure knowledge. Our model posits that these two mechanisms interact to affect the type of variation in a firm’s knowledge base and elucidates how firms deploy knowledge from different domains.
  • DOI (Link): 10.2753/JMR1536-5433060201 

Improvisation and Knowledge: The Challenge of Appropriation pp. 93 – 106 
Ken Kamoche and Miguel Pina e Cunha 

  • Abstract: The literature on knowledge management and organizational improvisation have emerged as important perspectives for organizing, while existing almost in parallel. Both have significant implications for, inter alia, innovation and creativity, adaptability, and management in turbulent times. Previous research has considered the role of improvisation in innovation. We build on this literature to examine the specific role of improvisation in knowledge creation. Our assessment of organizational improvisation indicates that it constitutes an important potential source of knowledge, thus opening up a new avenue for exploring the strategic as well as political significance of embedded, situated knowledge. We argue that the rapprochement of the two literatures brings about the notion of “improvisational knowledge”. We develop the significance of this form of knowledge, focusing in particular on the challenges of appreciating and appropriating it as opposed to seeking to codify it. We offer propositions and identify some avenues for further research.
  • DOI (Link): 10.2753/JMR1536-5433060202

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