Distant Relationships for Learning and Novelty Generation
Chapters 2 and 3 have served to introduce the key building blocks that underpin the theoretical argument on the impact of different forms of distance shaping interactive learning and novelty generation in inter-organisational projects. In Chapter 2, it has been outlined that inter-organisational co-operation is sought to access and combine different resources, primarily knowledge and skills, from different organisations in order to close resource gaps or to yield a requisite level of variety conducive to learning and novelty generation. Moreover, key risks and challenges emanating from inter-organisational co-operation, such as relational risks, as well as its social constituents have been discussed. Considering knowledge as key resource for interorganisational co-operation in R&D and knowledge sharing as key process, Chapter 3 has expounded the challenges and prerequisites of inter-organisational knowledge sharing. Specifically, ability and motivation – both relative to the specific partner – have been identified as central determinants of knowledge-sharing. These are in turn contingent on the amount of shared context between the partners. But what determines shared context? And what are the particular benefits and liabilities from more or less shared context?
KeywordsSocial Capital Geographic Distance Knowledge Sharing Cultural Distance Distant Relationship
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