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Explaining intra-organizational Knowledge transfer at the individual level

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The knowledge-based view has recently been criticized for overlooking individual-level action andinteraction in favor of an over-emphasis on the firm-level capabilities. This paper seeks to respond to thatcriticism by providing some individual-level explanations for a collective-level phenomenon – intraorganizationalknowledge transfer. We suggest that variations in individual ability, motivation and the useof interaction opportunities provided by the organization explain part of the variation found in individuallevelknowledge acquisition and use, and that this has an influence on organizational level knowledgetransfer within a firm. More specifically, we find that ability and intrinsic motivation are important driversof individual level knowledge acquisition and use, while extrinsic motivation has no impact. Furthermore,the extent to which an individual uses interaction opportunities provided by the organization influencesknowledge transfer both directly and through a moderator effect with ability and person-to-personinteraction.

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Dana B. Minbaeva, Kristiina Mäkelä, Larissa Rabbiosi

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8001

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