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Journal Issue
Volume 7 Issue 1, ECKM 2008 / Apr 2009  pp1‑198

Editor: Roy Williams

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Knowledge Management Paradoxes  pp1‑10

Jan Aidemark

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Firms as Connected, Temporary Coalitions: Organisational Forms and the Exploitation of Intellectual Capital  pp11‑20

Sandra Begley, Michael J Taylor, John R Bryson

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Abstract

The paper presents the case for conceptualising firms as 'connected temporary coalitions' that are able to respond to the challenges of and adapt to, changing environments: in particular, to build, exploit and determine the value of Intellectual Capital (human, structural and relational) enabling different trajectories of renewal and growth in the long term. The paper adopts the perspectives of theoretical pluralism to identify distinctive viewpoints regarding the theory of the firm and the dynamic nature of knowledge. The study draws on four areas of theory: (a) the institutionalist ideas of New Regionalism in economic geography — in particular the conceptualisation of firms as temporary, dynamic, place‑ based coalitions; (b) the structural contingency model of organisation theory coupled with ideas from the knowledge based theory of the firm in exploring changes over time in business activity; (c) evolutionary economics and the perspective it offers on emergent developments, change and time; and (d) knowledge management thinking, and the perspective it provides on intellectual capital and its contribution to firm dynamics, drawing on ideas on social interaction, social practices, social contexts, and the impacts of power and control. The paper extends our understanding of the processes and dynamics operating in and around temporary coalitions, the shifting and reconfiguring of knowledge assets and the role of dynamic capabilities. In addition, the paper challenges earlier concepts of intellectual capital as being embedded in business clusters. The paper argues that, collectively, the coalitions of people that comprise firms deploy their knowledge assets through different forms of organisational arrangement to achieve temporary equilibrium in order to commercialise knowledge, achieve renewal and generate growth. This perspective on the firm has significant policy implications. 

 

Keywords: temporary coalitions, intellectual capital, organisational form, enterprise renewal

 

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Intellectual Capital and IFRS3: A New Disclosure Opportunity  pp21‑30

Daniel Brännström, Marco Giuliani

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Business Benefits of Non‑Managed Knowledge  pp31‑40

Sinead Devane, Julian Wilson

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Predicting the Influence of Network Structure on Trust in Knowledge Communities: Addressing the Interconnectedness of Four Network Principles and Trust  pp41‑54

M. Max Evans, Anthony K.P. Wensley

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Collaborative Development of Knowledge Representations — a Novel Approach to Knowledge Elicitation and Transfer  pp55‑62

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Robert Ayres

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The Gatekeepers' Intervention in Innovation and Technological Transfer  pp63‑76

Deogratias Harorimana

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How to Improve Your Knowledge Intensive Organisation: Implementing a Knowledge Management Scan Within Public and Private Sector Organisations  pp77‑86

Hans Koolmees, Henk Smeijsters, Sylvia Schoenmakers

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Model to Support Patent Retrieval in the Context of Innovation‑Processes by Means of Dialogue and Information Visualisation  pp87‑98

Paul Landwich, Tobias Vogel, Claus-Peter Klas, Matthias Hemmje

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Dynamic Knowledge and Healthcare Knowledge Ecosystems  pp99‑110

Virginia Maracine, Emil Scarlat

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InCaS: Intellectual Capital Management in European SME — Its Strategic Relevance and the Importance of its Certification  pp111‑122

Kai Mertins, Wen-Huan Wang, Markus Will

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Uncovering a KMSD Approach from Practice  pp123‑134

Aboubakr A. Moteleb, Mark Woodman

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Value, Kaizen and Knowledge Management: Developing a Knowledge Management Strategy for Southampton Solent University  pp135‑144

S J Rees, H Protheroe

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The Concept of Knowledge in KM: a Relational Model  pp145‑154

Colin Reilly

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The Socratic Dialogue in the Work Place: Theory and Practice  pp155‑164

Dan Remenyi, Paul Griffiths

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Social Networking and the Transfer of Knowledge  pp165‑178

Graeme Smith

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Balancing Learning and Efficiency Crossing Practices and Projects in Project‑based Organisations: Organisational Issues. The Case History of "Practice Groups" in a Consulting Firm  pp179‑190

Saverino Verteramo, Monica De Carolis

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Dear Diary: Recommendations for Researching Knowledge Transfer of the Complex  pp191‑198

Carol Webb

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