Transfer of Tacit Knowledge

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The role of tacit knowledge in innovation management
January 2004 Ragna Seidler-de Alwis Institute of Information Science University of Applied Sciences, Cologne Claudiusstr. 1 50678 Cologne, Germany Tel.: ++49 221 8275-3387 Mobile: ++49 175 1861855 Email: Evi Hartmann A.T. Kearney Platz der Einheit 1 D – 60327 Frankfurt, Germany Tel: +49 69 9550 7550 Fax: +49 69 9550 7555 Mobile: +49 175 2659 514 Email: Hans Georg Gemünden Institute of Technology and Innovation Management Technical University of Berlin Hardenbergstr. 4 – 5, HAD 29, 10623 Berlin Tel: +49 30 314 26088 Fax: +49 30 314 26089 Email: RAGNA SEIDLER- DE ALWIS, Professor at the Institute of
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The paper is organized as follows: Firstly, we provide an overview of the literature on tacit knowledge management and innovation management, thereby developing a conceptual framework. Then, based on these classifications and by synthesizing all aspects, an integrated model is proposed. We close with an outlook of further research opportunities and some managerial implications. 2 Knowledge management in organizations

The ever increasing importance of knowledge in contemporary society calls for a shift in our thinking concerning innovation in business organisations – be it technical innovation, product or process innovation, or strategic or organizational innovation. It raises questions about how organizations process knowledge and, more importantly, how they create new knowledge. Innovation, which is a key form of organisational knowledge creation, cannot be explained sufficiently in terms of information processing or problem solving. Innovation can be better understood as a process in which the organisation creates and defines problems and then actively develops new knowledge to solve them (Nonaka 1994, p. 14). Davenport and Marchand suggest that: “whilst knowledge management does involve information management, beyond that it has two distinctive tasks: to facilitate the creation of new knowledge and to manage the way people share and apply it” (Davenport &
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