The preceding chapter illustrated the importance of collaborative R&D projects in the chemical and biological sciences. As discussed in section 2.2.5, one of the most important reasons for entering into collaborations is to acquire new knowledge and complement one’s own existing knowledge base. In this context, knowledge sharing becomes a pivotal factor for the success of collaborative R&D efforts. The following chapter thus serves to enlarge upon the topics of knowledge and knowledge sharing. Beginning with definitions of the fundamental terms, an overview of different dimensions of knowledge is given. After a paragraph dealing with the generation and sharing of knowledge, the chapter concludes with specific characteristics of knowledge in the chemical and biological sciences.


Knowledge Sharing Tacit Knowledge True Belief Chief Executive Officer Explicit Knowledge 
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  • Benjamin Niedergassel

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