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To share or not to share? A neo-institutional examination of sites' motivation to share knowledge
Arellano Caro, Maricela
Netland, Torbjørn H.
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Despite the growing importance of knowledge sharing in multi-site firms, single production sites often lack motivation for sharing and may question its merits. Adopting an institutional perspective, we start with the proposition that sites’ motivation to share their best practices depends on their responses to the institutional demands that prevail in intra-organizational contexts. We use a mixed method to untangle the motivation and effects of practice sharing in production networks. To begin, we conducted qualitative interviews with 25 operations managers. The results suggested that the interplay of a site’s role, perceived intra-organizational network competition, and cost priority, determines the intensity of knowledge outflows from a focal site. To further understand and test these relationships, we conducted a quantitative study using 104 responses of employees of 89 production sites. We found that the effect of perceived intra-organizational competition on the relationship between sites’ roles and knowledge outflows was contingent to sites’ cost priority. Our research thus provides top management with some clues on which aspects they should concentrate on to promote sites’ knowledge sharing. By elucidating sites’ struggles to conciliate different demands from their immediate institutional environment, this paper contributes to the research on knowledge transfer in intra-organizational networks Show more
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Book title43rd European International Business Academy Conference (EIBA)
Publisher43rd European International Business Academy Conference (EIBA)
SubjectKnowledge sharing; Production networks; Institutional theory
Organisational unit09501 - Netland, Torbjörn H.
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