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Knowledge brokering: Spanning technological and network boundaries

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Knowledge brokering : Spanning technological and network boundaries. / Bergenholtz, Carsten.

In: European Journal of Innovation Management, Vol. 14, No. 1, 2011, p. 74-92.

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Bergenholtz, C 2011, 'Knowledge brokering: Spanning technological and network boundaries', European Journal of Innovation Management, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 74-92. https://doi.org/10.1108/14601061111104706

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Bergenholtz, Carsten. / Knowledge brokering : Spanning technological and network boundaries. In: European Journal of Innovation Management. 2011 ; Vol. 14, No. 1. pp. 74-92.

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abstract = "Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine how the spanning of inter-organizational weak ties and technological boundaries influences knowledge brokering. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based on original fieldwork and employs a case study research design, investigating a Danish HTSF{\textquoteright}s inter-organizational activities. Findings – The findings show how an inter-organizational search that crosses technological boundaries and is based on a network structure of weak ties can imply a reduced risk of unwanted knowledge spill-over. Research limitations/implications – By not engaging in strong tie collaborations a knowledge brokering organization can reduce the risk of unwanted knowledge spill-over. The risks and opportunities of knowledge spill-over furthermore rely on the nature of the technology involved and to what extent technological boundaries are crossed. Practical implications – An organization that can span both technological boundaries and weak ties is in a unique knowledge brokering position. The findings indicate how the barriers of an open transfer of complex knowledge across weak ties can be partially overcome by letting an R&D department be the networking department. Originality/value – Very little research has examined the organizational processes at stake when spanning organizational, technological and network boundaries.",
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