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The Social Embeddedness of Knowledge: - Problems of Knowledge Sharing and Organisational Learning in International High-Technology Ventures

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The growing importance of knowledge-based competition has prompted many firms to buildinternational cooperative ventures for skills acquisition and knowledge building. Based on anempirical study of a close collaboration in the knowledge intensive area between a British anda Japanese high-technology firm, the paper examines how the socially embedded nature ofknowledge can impede cross-national collaborative work and knowledge sharing. The paper usesMichael Polanyi's concept of 'tacit knowledge' in a much wider societal context. It develops aconceptual model for analysing the main differences and 'points of friction' between the British'professional' and the Japanese 'organisational' models of organisation of knowledge in high-leveltechnical work. It shows how the dominant form of knowledge held in organisations, its degreeof tacitness, and the way in which it is structured, utilised and transmitted can vary considerablybetween firms in different societal settings. The study demonstrates a strong presence of 'societaleffects' on the knowledge base of the firm and how this might impose a limit on knowledgesharing and organisational learning across national boundaries.

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Alice Lam

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8108

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