Informal Contacts in R&D-driven Organisations
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This article is positioned in the debate regarding the relative importance of informal contacts as a mechanism for knowledge diffusion between organisations. Empirically, the article assesses the importance of different knowledge sources utilised by 219 participants in two high-tech, R&D-driven, product development projects in large corporations, located in local labour markets highly specialised in their respective industry clusters. The results show that the most important knowledge sources for the respondents are related to the workplace. Informal contacts outside the organisation, although prevalent, are rather unimportant as knowledge sources in comparison to other knowledge sources. However, external contacts are related to creative contributions in the projects regardless of whether the contributions are self-assessed or peer-assessed. There is some support for informal contacts in particular being related to creative contributions in the projects. Implications for the understanding of knowledge diffusion are discussed and directions for future research suggested.
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63566OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63566DiVA: diva2:380456