Knowledge integration in global R&D networks

R. Erkelens, B.J. van den Hooff, P.W.L. Vlaar, M.H. Huysman

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This paper reports a qualitative study conducted at multinational organizations' R&D departments about their process of knowledge integration. Taking into account the knowledge based view (KBV) of the firm and the practice-based view of knowledge, and building on the literatures concerning specialization and integration of knowledge in organizations, we explore which factors may have a significant influence on the integration process of knowledge between R&D units. The findings indicated (1) the contribution of relevant factors influencing knowledge integration processes and (2) a thoughtful balance between engineering and emergent approaches to be helpful in understanding and overcoming knowledge integration issues. © 2010 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal sourcing of information technology and business processes
EditorsI. Oshri, J. Kotlarsky
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing


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