The Effects of 'Variduction', 'Coflict', and Congruence on Knowledge Creation
10 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2011
Date Written: February 1, 2005
The paper contributes to Knowledge-Based View theories by exploring those variables, from the domains of creativity and communication, which significantly influence the knowledge creation process. Through six propositions, firms are encouraged to assemble balanced heterogeneous knowledge creation teams by selecting actors that embody certain varied types of creative expertise and communication behaviors. An analysis of the relationships among key inputs, primarily team creativity profiles or "variduction" (i.e., ratio of variation-inducing to variation-reducing actors), explores uniqueness and usability outcomes that possible combinations might yield. Furthermore, the paper investigates the mediating effects of the latent construct, "coflict" (i.e., conflict and cooperation) and moderating effects of congruence between task and "network of enterprises." The conclusion reviews firm implications, managerial recommendations, and future research implications.
Keywords: Creativity, Conflict, Cooperation, Teams, Management
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