Session 224

Governing Knowledge

Track I

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Time: 11:30 – 12:45


Room: Meeting Room 2

Session Chair:
Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School

Title: A Contingency View on Knowledge Governance in Knowledge-Intensive Work Environments


  • Stefan Gueldenberg, University of Liechtenstein
  • Antoinette Weibel, University of Liechtenstein
  • Ingo Bildstein, University of Liechtenstein

Abstract: In the following proposal we develop a theoretical framework for understanding knowledge governance in knowledge-intensive work environments by applying a contingency view to the extant knowledge management and strategy literature. Thereby we seek to reconcile hitherto competing views on how firms absorb uncertainties and motivate voluntaristic knowledge-related actions by offering a micro-founded contingency framework that specifies effective governance mechanisms to handle knowledge management according to the type of knowledge production and to the basic knowledge strategy employed. Subsequently we are discussing possible relationships between knowledge governance and the chosen knowledge creation mode.

Title: The Structure of Online Knowledge Marketplaces


  • Thomas Klueter, IESE Business School
  • Gary Dushnitsky, London Business School

Abstract: The market for knowledge and inventions grew dramatically over the past decades. Extant work underscores the drivers of market efficacy: (a) the cost of searching for innovative-knowledge, (b) asymmetric information between inventors and investors, and (c) the inherent difficulty in maintaining ownership over knowledge. Recently, market transactions have been increasingly taking place online. This phenomenon constitutes a departure from past practices where transactions tend to materialize around one’s social circle. Our study investigates how the drivers of market efficacy play out in a setting where social ties are not present, ex-ante. Using a novel hand-collected data for 30 online knowledge marketplaces, we find evidence of adverse-selection-mitigating mechanisms. However, we find little evidence that these mechanisms are affected by the level of expropriation threat.

Title: The Paradox of Knowledge and Control: A Study of Community Forms


  • Stefano Borzillo, CERAM Business School
  • Sebastian Raisch, University of Geneva
  • Gilbert Probst, University of Geneva

Abstract: Despite widespread recognition that knowledge is a vital source of competitive advantage, the strategic management literature has yet to come to grips with a fundamental paradox: the controls that are appropriate for managing most organizational activities have little bearing on how knowledge is created and used. Instead, knowledge creation and diffusion are thought to develop through situated learning in organizational communities that operate outside the organization’s hierarchical structure. To date, the activities of such communities are largely opaque from a strategic management perspective. In this inductive study of 16 communities of practice, we find evidence that knowledge management can indeed be strategically driven, and that a subtle interplay of controls supports an organization’s portfolio of knowledge management activities.

All Sessions in Track I...

Sun: 10:00 – 11:30
Session 264: Strategy in an Uncertain World: “Black Swan” Implications for K&I Scholars
Sun: 13:00 – 14:30
Session 265: The Changing Governance Landscape: Implications for Knowledge and Innovation Scholars
Sun: 15:00 – 16:30
Session 266: Integrating Theories of Problem Formation
Sun: 16:30 – 17:30
Session 313: Knowledge & Innovation, IG Meeting
Mon: 12:45 – 14:00
Session 201: 50th Anniversary of Penrose's (1959) The Theory of the Growth of the Firm
Session 212: Technological Innovation
Mon: 15:45 – 17:00
Session 218: Let the Knowledge Flow...
Session 223: Exploration and Novelty
Mon: 17:15 – 18:30
Session 209: Learning and Collaboration
Session 221: Innovation and Management Practice
Tue: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 202: Microfoundations of Knowledge and Learning
Session 235: Regulating the Market for Ideas: The Role of Communities, Norms, and Networks
Tue: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 203: Dynamic Capabilities
Session 224: Governing Knowledge
Tue: 14:30 – 15:45
Session 207: How Do Capabilities Develop?
Session 210: The Complex Roles of Experience
Wed: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 211: Knowledge Transfer
Session 215: Knowledge-Based Strategic Interaction
Wed: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 213: The Human Factor in Knowledge and Innovation
Session 219: Ambidexterity

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