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The Knowledge Leveraging Paradox: How to Scale Up Without Making Knowledge Imitable

Academy of Management Review (31), 452-465, 2006

14 Pages Posted: 26 Jul 2012  

Russell Wayne Coff

University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Business

David Coff

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Eastvold

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2006

Abstract

Tacit knowledge, one of the most promising resources, is among the toughest to leverage. It is important because it is often inimitable. However, increasing its scale may require codification, which may make it imitable. We explore and illustrate an approach to applying information technologies to leverage scarce expertise without codifying or transferring knowledge. Such technology may allow individuals to further specialize and generate more tacit knowledge, preserving the strategic properties of knowledge while scaling up.

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Coff, Russell Wayne and Coff, David and Eastvold, Roger, The Knowledge Leveraging Paradox: How to Scale Up Without Making Knowledge Imitable (2006). Academy of Management Review (31), 452-465, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2117951

Russell Wayne Coff (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Madison - School of Business ( email )

975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
United States

David Coff

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Roger Eastvold

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

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