Practice Alignment and intent as distinctions for understanding cross-boundary knowledge creation practices in knowledge ecosystems

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This paper explores how practice alignment and intent across organizational boundaries may serve as an explanation for collaborative knowledge creation in a knowledge ecosystem. The paper is based on a longitudinal case study of a large multinational knowledge ecosystem consisting of many communities of practices and organisations. By applying a practice theory approach to five data sets collected over a five-year period, the study investigates how two distinctions may serve as a potential gateway into understanding knowledge creation across boundaries. The two distinctions – practice alignment and stated intent – are developed and applied in a template analysis of the data sets, resulting in four potential outcomes, in which cross-boundary co-creation is possible in the intersection between practice alignment and stated and enacted practices. Furthermore, three other possible outcomes are identified and discussed. Potential implications for organisational and knowledge ecosystem conceptions are identified and discussed for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Publication year8 Jul 2016
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 8 Jul 2016
EventEGOS - Naples, Italy
Duration: 7 Jul 20169 Jul 2016



    Research areas

  • Practice Alignment, Stated Intent, Knowledge Creation, Knowledge Ecosystem, Cross Boundary Co-Creation, Collaboration

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