As we move from the industrial age to the information age, the key to the competitive success of organizations becomes the application and development of specialized knowledge and competencies. Based on research and practice, Managing Knowledge addresses a wide area of issues concerning knowledge management, ranging from knowledge transfer and developments between organizations, to knowledge management within organizations. Divided into two parts, this volume reflects a fundamental conceptual distinction between two worldviews. The first part contains chapters characterized by “representationism,” or traditional approaches to viewing knowledge transfer and cooperative strategies; the second part comprises chapters characterized by “antirepresentationism,” or new perspectives on knowledge and knowledge transfer in organizational cooperation. Contrasting established approaches with new thinking on knowledge as an organizational resource, Managing Knowledge will be important and stimulating reading for academics and students in strategic management and general management studies.

Knowledge Creation through Cooperative Experimentation

Knowledge creation through cooperative experimentation
SalvatoreVicari, Georgvon Krogh, JohanRoos and VolkerMahnke

The Challenge of Knowledge Development

This chapter deals with knowledge development through experimental approaches to interfirm cooperation. The focus is on the process of new knowledge generation. The following questions will be addressed: what is the role of experimentation in organizations? How can organizations overcome inertia through cooperative experimentation? How can managers understand and stimulate the process of knowledge development through cooperative experimentation? And finally: how can organizations balance knowledge development with knowledge exploitation through cooperative experimentation?

The concept of ‘cooperative experimentation’ is essentially concerned with the management of different experimental forms of cooperations and their impact on knowledge development. A key claim is that the overall level of disturbances released through experimental ...

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