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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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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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Abstract

The goal of this paper is to explore the emergence of trusting relationships within Communities of Practice. It has been argued that trust can be viewed as an organizing principle (McEvily, Perrone, and Zaheer, 2003). However, the focus of this paper is on the view that trust is an essential pre‑condition for the sharing of knowledge. The goal of the paper is to discuss possible connections between social networking principles, network structure, and trust within Communities of Practice. This paper will define and subsequently analyze the concept of trust and develop arguments relating to the existence and strength of trusting relationships within Communities of Practice. The theoretical arguments propose relationships between the characteristics of trusting relationships and four network characteristics: homophily; closure; brokerage; and the small‑world problem. The general research question that underpins this paper is: To what extent do network principles determine the level of trust among members within a social network (i.e. a Community of Practice)? The analysis focuses on a specific type of social network which has been termed a Community of Practice. Communities of Practice have been argued to be critical elements in the creation, refinement and sharing of knowledge (Dugid, 2005; Wenger, 1998; Wenger, McDermott, and Snyder, 2002). 

 

Keywords: network structure, trust, knowledge communities, knowledge sharing, homophily, closure, small worlds, brokerage

 

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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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