Organizational knowledge networks and local search: The role of intra-organizational inventor networks

Paruchuri, S and Awate, S (2016) Organizational knowledge networks and local search: The role of intra-organizational inventor networks. Strategic Management Journal. (In Press)

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Abstract

While firms tend to build on their own knowledge, we distinguish between depth and breadth of local search to investigate the drivers of these behaviors. Given that inventors in a firm carry out the knowledge creation activities, we strive to identify inventors responsible for these behaviors by employing the notion of an intra-firm inventor network. A longitudinal examination of 14,575 inventors from four large semiconductor firms using patent data supports our hypotheses that the reach of inventors in the intra-firm network and their span of structural holes have independent and interactive effects on these two types of local search behaviors. These findings have implications for research on exploitation and exploration, organizational knowledge, knowledge networks, and micro-foundations.

Affiliation: Indian School of Business
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Awate, SUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: local search;intra-organizational network;organizational knowledge;local search dimensions;knowledge network
Subjects: Business and Management
Organization Behavior
Depositing User: Veeramani R
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 22 Mar 2016 11:07
URI: http://eprints.exchange.isb.edu/id/eprint/475
Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/smj.2516
Publisher OA policy: http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0143-2095/
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