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Journal Article

Balancing the Flows: Managing the Intellectual Capital Flows in Inter‑Organisational Projects  pp207-216

Maria Solitander

© Apr 2006 Volume 4 Issue 2, ICICKM 2005, Editor: Charles Despres, pp91 - 216

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The aim of this paper is to analyze different strategies for protecting knowledge in interorganisational collaborative relationships, based on intellectual capital (IC) theory. Previous research has stressed the need for the flows between structural, human and relational capital to work properly, i.e. that the firm has a broad bandwidth of communication. Firms involved in interorganisational collaborative relationships need to be able to manage the IC flows in order to make the communication run smoothly, while limiting involuntary leakage of strategically important knowledge. The paper examines the strategies aimed at keeping the balance between sharing and protecting knowledge identified in a multinational firm with extensive experience of close collaboration with partners that are partly also competitors.


Keywords: Intellectual capital, protection of knowledge, interorganisational collaboration


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Journal Issue

Volume 4 Issue 2, ICICKM 2005 / Mar 2006  pp91‑216

Editor: Charles Despres

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Keywords: automotive industry, business models, collaborative process communal lexicon community of practice corporate strategy corpus linguistics digital economy, empirical knowledge ethnography, human capital hypertext, information communication technology insurance Industry Intellectual capital measurement, interorganisational collaboration inter-organisational relationships knowledge capitalization. knowledge construction, knowledge definition, knowledge economy, knowledge elicitation, knowledge management behaviour, knowledge management context, knowledge management environment, knowledge management practices, knowledge mapping, multivariate analysis protection of knowledge, relationship transformation special language terminology structural capital, tacit knowledge value networks virtual prototype


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