Download this Paper Open PDF in Browser

Understanding Team Knowledge Production: The Interrelated Roles of Technology and Expertise

52 Pages Posted: 16 Jan 2017 Last revised: 14 Mar 2017

Florenta Teodoridis

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

Teamwork is an increasingly important aspect of knowledge production. In particular, factors influencing team formation relative to the composition of expertise are crucial for both organizational performance and for informing policy. In this paper, I draw attention to technology access as a highly influential factor impacting expertise in team formation. I examine the hack of Microsoft Kinect as an exogenous event that suddenly reduced motionsensing technology costs to find that great reductions in technology costs substitute for ex-ante optimal involvement of area specialists and facilitate involvement of outside area specialists through collaboration with researchers with broader knowledge – generalists. In other words, technology costs influence the composition of expertise in teamwork, with sufficiently large reductions leading to knowledge creation that combines more broadly across knowledge areas. These findings suggest implications for organizations and policy makers in crafting incentives for more diverse knowledge creation through strategic investments that lower technology costs and influence team formation.

Keywords: Knowledge production, collaboration, diversification, specialization, research technology

JEL Classification: O31, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Teodoridis, Florenta, Understanding Team Knowledge Production: The Interrelated Roles of Technology and Expertise (November 1, 2016). Marshall School of Business Working Paper No. 17-15. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2898337

Florenta Teodoridis (Contact Author)

University of Southern California - Marshall School of Business ( email )

701 Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089
United States

Paper statistics

Downloads
74
Rank
273,145
Abstract Views
272