Revisiting knowledge transfer: Effects of knowledge characteristics on organizational effort for knowledge transfer

Jina Kang, Mooweon Rhee, Ki H. Kang

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Abstract

This study analyzes the effects of knowledge characteristics on the extent of organizational effort for nowledge transfer. In this paper, three knowledge characteristics that affect organizational behavior for knowledge transfer are identified based on knowledge-based views and organizational learning theory: tacitness, difficulty, and the importance of knowledge. We establish three hypotheses on the effects of these three knowledge characteristics on the extent of effort for knowledge transfer (i.e., the frequency of contact with knowledge source), and provide empirical tests employing the dataset from project teams in a multinational consulting firm via the OLS model. Results show that tacitness, difficulty, and importance have positive effects on the frequency of contact with knowledge sources. This implies that firms exert more effort to acquire the knowledge when the knowledge is tacit, difficult, or important.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8155-8160
Number of pages6
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Volume37
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Dec

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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