Connecting informal networks to management of tacit knowledge

Nie K, Lin S, Ma T, & Nakamori Y (2010). Connecting informal networks to management of tacit knowledge. Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering 19 (2): 237-253. DOI:10.1007/s11518-010-5130-1.

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Abstract

The relationship between tacit knowledge and informal networks has not been fully explored. Tacit knoledge cannot be well managed directly, because it is deeply embedded in individual actions and experences. This study proposes an approach to managing informal networks as a new middle way to facilitate the sharing and transferring of tacit knowledge, owing to the fact that tacit knowledge is mostly shared and transferred through informal networks. To support the idea of the approach, an empirical case study of applying te approach to management of a large scientific project is also included. Our findings suggest that informal networks play essential roles for management of tacit knowledge, and thus good management of informal networks can lead to efficient sharing and transferring of tacit knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Informal networks; tacit knowledge; case study
Research Programs: Transitions to New Technologies (TNT)
Bibliographic Reference: Journal of Systems Science and Systems Engineering; 19(2):237-253 (June 2010)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:44
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2016 15:14
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/9243

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