Towards a Contingency Theory of Knowledge Exchange in Organizations

Levine, S. S., & Prietula, M. J. (2006). Towards a Contingency Theory of Knowledge Exchange in Organizations. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (August) DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2006.22898650

10 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2014

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Sheen S. Levine

University of Texas at Dallas; Columbia University

Michael Prietula

Emory University - Goizueta Business School

Date Written: August 31, 2006

Abstract

It is often presumed that knowledge exchange (or transfer) leads to distinctive advantages for firms. Amalgamating extensive qualitative data from knowledge-intensive sites and agent-based simulation, we model how individual agents, rather than organizational units or firms, search and exchange knowledge. We report the results of synthetic experiments, which propose moving away from the “more is better” approach to knowledge exchange towards a more contingent approach.

Keywords: knowledge; exchange; social network; performance; qualitative data; agent-based model; professional service firm; consulting; knowledge management; intranet; corporate social media

Suggested Citation

Levine, Sheen S. and Prietula, Michael, Towards a Contingency Theory of Knowledge Exchange in Organizations (August 31, 2006). Levine, S. S., & Prietula, M. J. (2006). Towards a Contingency Theory of Knowledge Exchange in Organizations. Academy of Management Best Paper Proceedings (August) DOI: 10.5465/AMBPP.2006.22898650 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378060

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Michael Prietula

Emory University - Goizueta Business School ( email )

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