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IFKAD 2017 Special Tracks

Managing knowledge in inter-organizational contexts
Over recent decades, the field of interorganizational relationships (IORs) has received increasing attention from both academics and practitioners, because it makes it possible to enter new markets, share costs and risks, acquire new knowledge (Belderbos, 2003). However, inter-organizational relationships are not free from challenges related to the difficulties in creating and sharing knowledge, the risks of losing core competences, and the matter of knowledge appropriation. This could prevent firms to fully benefit from knowledge creation opportunities offered by inter-organizational relationships. Therefore, a careful management of knowledge in such contexts may ensure the sustainable growth of firms (Chang, 2011).

To expand on this research, a number of mutually related research topics need to be investigated within such collaborative environments, including:
  • Managing knowledge in alliances and networks (or in collaborative environments)
  • Absorptive capacity in alliances and networks (or in collaborative environments)
  • Learning and innovation in collaborative environments
  • The influence of proximity dimensions on alliances and networks knowledge sharing and creating opportunities
  • How SMEs learn to collaborate
  • The figure of the alliance/network manager and the development of alliance/network capability
  • Knowledge appropriation in collaborative environments
  • The interplay between alliances/networks and internal firms' resources and activities
  • Analysing alliances and networks learning mechanisms across multiple levels – which is the effect of individual, organizational, and environmental dynamics?

Knowledge management, inter-organizational relationships, knowledge appropriation, absorptive capacity, alliance/network capability

Lara Agostini | University of Padua, Italy
Antonio Messeni Petruzzelli | Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy
Anna Nosella | University of Padua, Italy