The Coming of Age for the Knowledge Economy: Knowledge in Collectives of Experts

By Lisa Daniel and Sasikala Rathanppulige.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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Contemporary organizations increasing rely on collectives of experts to develop unique knowledge for their dynamic capabilities. The ability of organizations to cultivate, refine, transfer and sustain key knowledge is now critical to competitive advantage in rapidly changing industries and global markets. Yet, while formal and systematic frameworks of explicit knowledge management abound, the social mechanisms that support knowledge cultivation and sustainability that are key to the cultivation, transfer, and leverage of knowledge in collective experts remain largely unexplained. This paper offers a unique look at this ‘black box’ by considering these collectives of experts as dynamic social entities juxtapositioned within the operational confines of organizational agendas. By investigating the relational dynamics of knowledge development in collectives of experts, we reveal a fundamental interplay between three spheres of tacit knowledge in the process of expert knowledge development and refinement.

Keywords: Knowledge, Social Capital, Expert Knowledge, Competitive Advantage, Dynamic Capabilities, Relational Dynamics

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 1, April 2014, pp.1-12. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: April 15, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 457.628KB)).

Dr. Lisa Daniel

Lecturer, Business School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Lisa Daniel is a management lecturer at the University of Adelaide Business School. She has a PhD in the field of Technology and Innovation Management. Her research focuses on the social activities, relationships and organisational systems that facilitate knowledge development, innovation and technology integration. Her research interests include investigating the relational, operational and governance processes in organisations with respect to their contribution to knowledge development and innovation activities.

Sasikala Rathanppulige

Doctoral Student, Business School, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Sasikala Rathanppulige is a doctoral student at the Business School of the University of Adelaide, Australia.