Informal Knowledge and Innovation

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Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management, 2011, 2, pp. 383 - 402
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This study provides a rcviev'l of the literature, both conceptual and empirical, on informal knowledge Hows and assesses the impact of this knowledge on organizational innovation, VYe examine various sources of in{(Jrmal knowledge such as the hiring of experts, communities of practice, board, and geographic "lllcl ethnic communities. ']'hc chapter attempts to unbundle the proCCS:'l of knowledge absorption and utilization flYHn infbrmal and individual sources by analyzing its components to determine how firms can develop capabilities in search, transfCt; and integration that enhance innovation and create competitive advantage.
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