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Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Online from: 1997

Subject Area: Information and Knowledge Management

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A typology of knowledge management: strategic groups and role behavior in organizations


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Title:A typology of knowledge management: strategic groups and role behavior in organizations
Author(s):Eliezer Geisler, (Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Stuart Graduate School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, USA.)
Citation:Eliezer Geisler, (2007) "A typology of knowledge management: strategic groups and role behavior in organizations", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 11 Iss: 1, pp.84 - 96
Keywords:Knowledge management, Organizational structures, Strategic groups
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/13673270710728259 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Abstract:

PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to develop a typology of people and organizations who transact in knowledge.

Design/methodology/approachBased on structural interviews with 37 managers in three large manufacturing companies a model is proposed which describes the processing of knowledge in organizations.

FindingsFour stages are identified: generation, transfer, implementation, and absorption. Similarly, three types of transactors in knowledge are also identified: generators, transformers, and users. The findings from the interviews are the different motives that animate the different transactors in knowledge, and the distinct behavioral roles that these transactors assume in their organizations.

Originality/valueThis paper contributes to the literature by proposing a new way of classifying the roles of people and organizations in their transaction in knowledge.



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