Questioning knowledge transfer and learning processes across R & D project teams

Matthews, Judy H. & Shulman, Arthur (2001) Questioning knowledge transfer and learning processes across R & D project teams. In Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management: New Directions, June 1 – 4, 2001, Richard Ivey School of Business, The University of Western Ontario, Canada. (Unpublished)


This paper addresses popular notions of the generation and sharing of knowledge in organisations commonly described as knowledge transfer. We question the appropriateness of the notion of transfer of knowledge for increasing our understanding of knowledge creation and learning processes in R&D organisations. We suggest that this notion of "transfer", limits our understanding of the important interactive processes used to generate knowledge and to enhance the spread of knowledge. Findings from interviews with senior research scientists challenge the notion of knowledge transfer and instead provide support for the notion of knowledge as constructed meaning in an arena with multiple players and social interactions.

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ID Code: 14623
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Knowledge transfer, R&D Project Teams, Learning, Organizational Learning, Knowledge generation, knowledge as constructed meaning, Knowledge Management
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:27

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