Professional Guilds, Tension and Knowledge Management

43 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2011

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Ram Mudambi

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management

Tim Swift

Temple University

Date Written: February 8, 2011

Abstract

Scientific research is a crucial success factor for knowledge intensive firms and is often a joint effort of scientists and managers. However, scientists and managers belong to different “professional guilds,” subscribing to different belief systems and valuing different types of incentives. These differences give rise to tension between scientists and managers. We integrate a large body of literature from knowledge management to develop a new theoretical model predicting that this organizational tension is affected by environmental factors such as the degree of industry munificence, firm-specific factors like knowledge-management policies, and the individual roles of boundary spanners within the firm. Further, we argue that this tension can lead to positive or negative outcomes.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, R&D, Professional Guilds, Tension

JEL Classification: O31, O32, L21

Suggested Citation

Mudambi, Ram and Swift, Tim, Professional Guilds, Tension and Knowledge Management (February 8, 2011). Research Policy, Vol. 38, No. 5, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1758116

Ram Mudambi (Contact Author)

Temple University - Department of Strategic Management ( email )

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Tim Swift

Temple University ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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