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Tacit and explicit knowledge in Knowledge Integration Processes: A single-case study on Knowledge Integration Processes
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Business Administration. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The topic of Knowledge Integration has been researched by many authors over the last decades. Though, knowledge integration as a process is very organization- specific. To understand this phenomenon better, this thesis particularly focuses on Knowledge Integration Processes (KIPs) and how these develop within an organization. Within various knowledge integration processes, two types of knowledge have been identified are exchanged between groups. These include tacit and explicit knowledge. Depending on what kind of knowledge is involved they change during the implementation of a change. The major focus of this thesis is what challenges occur when tacit knowledge is implemented within the organization. To get a better understanding of the processual knowledge integration phenomenon, we have researched a real company that has the need of having their processes related to knowledge integration scrutinized. The various KIPs work very independently from each other but since both tacit and explicit knowledge are involved, knowledge integration can only be optimized when the challenges have been identified. This study has showed which KIPs have challenges and how the actual Knowledge Integration Process evolves overtime when a change is implemented from the client-level all the way down from management to ground work employees. Analyzing existing theory and the empirical implications within the organization allowed the researchers to create a visualization of which KIPs are effective within the company and which ones require to be modified. It provides a visual summary of the organization’s knowledge integration challenges. It becomes clear how the tacit knowledge dilemma can be tackled. Consequently, it builds up reasons that a dynamic organization such as Sierra AB requires better mechanisms to foster successful knowledge integration especially related to tacit knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 104 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge Integration, Knowledge Integration Processes, Tacit Knowledge Explicit Knowledge, Management Control, Knowledge Management
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Business Administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138150ISRN: LIU-IEI-FIL-A--17/02568--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138150DiVA: diva2:1107950
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Master's Programme in Business Administration – Strategic
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Available from: 2017-08-09 Created: 2017-06-11 Last updated: 2017-08-09Bibliographically approved

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