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Journal Article

Knowledge Sharing, Control Mechanisms and Intellectual Liabilities in knowledge‑intensive firms  pp117-127

Maurizio Massaro, Michael Pitts, Filippo Zanin, Roland Bardy

© Jun 2014 Volume 12 Issue 2, Special Edition for ICICKM 2013, Editor: Annie Green, pp83 - 154

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Abstract: Intellectual capital (IC) and knowledge sharing (KS) are key elements for fostering firm value, especially in knowledge‑intensive firms. Management Control Systems (MCSs) have been recognized as key knowledge integrators. Recently, this as sumption has been called into question as there may exist negative and destructive effects in both IC and KS fostered by a misuse of MCSs. Through a case study of 'Engineering Ltd.", this paper examines the 'dark side' issues associated by improperly impl ementing knowledge sharing and by imposing rules and constraints on behavior. The subject of our study, ¬ćEngineering Ltd.¬é , is a consultancy company with 10,000 employees. The case study is used to scrutinize the major risks of knowledge sharing and to i ntroduce possible solutions.


Keywords: Keywords knowledge sharing, control mechanisms, intellectual liabilities, knowledge-intensive firms


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