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
Date Written: 2006
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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