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Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice; Towards a Conceptual Framework

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dc.contributor.author Whelan, Eoin
dc.date.accessioned 2012-02-03T13:59:56Z
dc.date.available 2012-02-03T13:59:56Z
dc.date.issued 2005-11
dc.identifier.citation Whelan, E. (2005) "Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice; Towards a Conceptual Framework", CISC Working Paper No. 20. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10379/2543
dc.description.abstract The recently developed knowledge-based view of the firm argues that knowledge is the firm's most valuable resource. Within this field of study, informal social networks are rapidly gaining attention as mechanisms which facilitate knowledge flows. Electronic networks of practice are a special case of informal networks where the sharing of practice related knowledge occurs primarily through computer-based communication technologies. However, we know relatively little about the dynamics of knowledge exchange which occur in these electronic networks. This paper posits that there is a relationship between the structural properties of electronic networks of practice and successful knowledge exchange. The theoretical positions of social network theory and the knowledge-based view of the firm are used to support this claim. en_US
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dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher CISC en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries CISC Working Papers;20
dc.subject Knowledge en_US
dc.subject Networks of practice en_US
dc.subject Electronic community en_US
dc.subject Social networks en_US
dc.subject Centre for Innovation & Structural Change (CISC) en_US
dc.title Knowledge Exchange in Electronic Networks of Practice; Towards a Conceptual Framework en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en_US

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