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The reconfiguration of practical knowledge in competitive alliances

Emberson, Caroline and Storey, John (2010). The reconfiguration of practical knowledge in competitive alliances. International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 4(2) pp. 114–131.

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The nature and value of knowledge transfer and inter-organisational learning processes within cooperative alliances are well known. Less attention, however, has been paid to inter-organisational learning processes within 'competitive collaborations'. Particularly, the nature and extent of information system use within inter-organisational knowledge management practices has been under explored. In this paper, we use a micro-political change lens to reveal the nature of inter-organisational learning and practical knowledge transformation. Drawing upon two case studies of competitive alliances in the retail sector, our findings suggest that inter-organisational learning and practical organisational knowledge transfer is uneven at an operational level. We investigate the relationship between value creation and inter-organisational information system use in competitive collaboration processes and argue that further development of competitive alliance theory at the sub-organisational level is required.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd
ISSN: 1743-8268
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Competitive StudentshipNot SetESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
Keywords: strategic alliance networks; competitive collaboration; buyer-supplier relationships; practical organisational knowledge; UK retail
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 19868
Depositing User: Caroline Emberson
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2010 13:47
Last Modified: 08 May 2019 13:30
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