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Title: The influence of power on knowledge flow and utilisation of social capital : a case study in process & product innovation in China
Author: Liu, Xuelin
ISNI:       0000 0001 3611 3347
Awarding Body: University of Leicester
Current Institution: University of Leicester
Date of Award: 2007
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Organisations seek new technology and new ways of doing things. In so doing, they could obtain competitive advantages through innovation (Porter, 1990). A number of research demonstrates that successful innovations rely on the search for and obtaining new ideas or information from various sources (e.g. Clark et al., 1992; Tidd et al., 2001; Parker and Vaidya, 2001), and on creating and applying new knowledge (Nonaka and Takeuchi, 1995; von Krogh et a l., 2000). Therefore, innovation and knowledge flow are closely related. Knowledge sharing is important for firms innovative performance (Spencer, 2003). However, there are many factors affecting knowledge flow and thus causing problem s for innovation. For instance, the types of knowledge are found as one of the factors affecting the ease of knowledge sharing (Dixon, 2002; Hanson, 1999; Howells, 1996). Certain type of knowledge (i.e. tacit knowledge) tends to be more difficult to share than other types of knowledge. Structural positions and relations between organisations are also the factors influencing knowledge flow. Research demonstrates that firms, better connected with various external organisations and groups, are able to gain more innovation resources through the social networks and social capital (Burt, 1992; Conway, 1997; Nahapiet and Ghoshal, 1998). Thereby, social networks and utilisation of social capital are crucial for knowledge flow and innovation.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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