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.
|Title of host publication||Global sourcing of information technology and business processes|
|Editors||I. Oshri, J. Kotlarsky|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Name||Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing|