Integrating Knowledge through Information Trading: Examining the Relationship between Boundary Spanning Communication and Individual Performance

  • Teigland R
  • Wasko M
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Abstract

With the global penetration of Internet technologies, individuals may now cross organizational boundaries to communicate efficiently with others regardless of time and space. Thus, when looking for help in solving work tasks, knowledge workers may just as easily contact individuals in rival firms across the globe as a coworker sitting at the next desk. As a result, management faces questions such as: 1. How should firms manage employees' knowledge-sourcing activities when they span both intra-organizational and extra-organizational boundaries? 2. What is the relationship between different knowledge-sourcing activities and individual performance? Grounded in the knowledge-based view of the firm, this study investigates these questions using data from Europe's largest information technology services and management consulting company. The results provide evidence that organizations should support boundary spanning and knowledge sourcing from both internal and external sources.

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  • Boundary spanning
  • Electronic community
  • Know-how trading
  • Knowledge
  • Performance
  • Structural equation modeling

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Authors

  • Robin Teigland

  • Molly Mc Lure Wasko

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