Embeddedness of Inter‐firm Ties and Knowledge Creation†

Jha, Pushkar and Cottam, Ed (2021) Embeddedness of Inter‐firm Ties and Knowledge Creation†. European Management Review. ISSN 1740-4754 (In Press)

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This study examines consequences for knowledge creation due to differences in embeddedness of inter‐firm ties, more specifically, between informal or Arm's Length Relationships (ALRs) and formal collaborations. Qualitative data from 41 respondents across 22 SMEs is used to examine knowledge conversion processes comprising the SECI (Socialisation, Externalisation, Combination, Internalisation) framework of knowledge creation. We show a difference based on embeddedness of ties for how knowledge creation unfolds. Implications for spin off between ties and for firm attention to deliberating and managing a varied portfolio of ties for superior performance, are also drawn.

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Additional Information: † Data for this paper has been drawn from data collected for a completed doctoral study carried out by Dr. Ed Cottam, one of the authors. This data has not been submitted for publication elsewhere and is not available outside this paper in the public domain (till 24 June 2022).
Uncontrolled Keywords: Formal collaborations; Arm’s length relationships; Knowledge conversion processes; Knowledge creation
Subjects: N100 Business studies
N200 Management studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2021 09:45
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 15:20
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/45483

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