TITLE

THE UNCERTAIN RELEVANCE OF NEWNESS: ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE FLOWS

AUTHOR(S)
Schulz, Martin
PUB. DATE
August 2001
SOURCE
Academy of Management Journal;Aug2001, Vol. 44 Issue 4, p661
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study explores how organizational learning in subunits affects outflows of knowledge to other subunits. Three learning processes are explored: Collecting new knowledge, codifying knowledge, and combining old knowledge. The results suggest that collecting new knowledge intensifies vertical flows, of knowledge, that codifying knowledge facilitates horizontal and vertical flows, and that combining old knowledge mainly affects horizontal flows. More generally, the study suggests that uncertainties about the relevance of new knowledge are resolved via vertical flows, which (compared to horizontal flows) expose new knowledge faster to a wider range of remote and different knowledge and thereby facilitate faster, more comprehensive discovery of its relevance.
ACCESSION #
5088660

 

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