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Linking individual-level knowledge sourcing to project-level contributions in large R&D-driven product-development projects
Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Project Innovations and Entrepreneurship. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5960-9270
2014 (English)In: Project Management Journal, ISSN 8756-9728, E-ISSN 1938-9507, Vol. 45, no 6, 73-82 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper focuses on the link between individuals’ knowledge sourcing and their creative contributions, such as new ideas and solutions in R&D-driven product-devel- opment projects; creative contributions were both self and peer-assessed. The paper reveals that, for individuals, knowledge sources internal to the organization were generally regarded as more important than external knowledge sources. However, exter- nal parties such as customers, partners, and suppliers constitute the knowledge source that best predicted creative contributions at the project level. Informal external contacts were deemed the least important knowledge source by individuals; however, this was positively related to self-assessed creative contributions.The paper thus finds that there is a discrepancy between the knowledge sources deemed important by individuals and the sources that are associated with cre- ative contributions at the project level.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 45, no 6, 73-82 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge; creativity; product development; research and development; informal contacts; external contacts
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Economics and Business
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-112425DOI: 10.1002/pmj.21457ISI: 000345318200011OAI: diva2:766219
Available from: 2014-11-26 Created: 2014-11-26 Last updated: 2016-05-04Bibliographically approved

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