Developing the Concept of Knowledge Leakage in Relation to UK Productivity

By Rhoda Louise Coles, Kathryn Walsh, Diane Mynors, Andrew Grantham, Paul Chan and Souad Mohamed.

Published by The Organization Collection

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This project arises from an EPSRC Ideas Factory convened to examine the nature and origins of the UK productivity gap in conjunction with the Advanced Institute of Management (AIM). The initiative brought together researchers from a wide range of disciplines. The proposal combines expertise at the macro-economic level with detailed company and sector level insights from the engineering and construction participants to develop the concept of knowledge leakage and investigate its impact on UK productivity.

Knowledge leakage is introduced as mechanisms through which information or knowledge that is critical to an organisation is lost or ‘leaked’. The concept of knowledge leakage is discussed through a review of literature from numerous disciplines and the relationship between knowledge leakage and the UK productivity gap is examined. The results from an initial scoping study are presented in two sections; Firstly notions of what knowledge is critical to organisations is presented; Secondly the impact of HR, culture, trust and supply chain relationships, among other concepts, on the potential for knowledge leakage is discussed.

Keywords: Knowledge Leakage, UK Productivity

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 6, Issue 10, pp.7-14. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.154MB).

Miss Rhoda Louise Coles

Research Associate, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

Rhoda L. Coles is a research associate in the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at Loughborough University in the UK. She is also completing a PhD in the Industrial Design Department also at Loughborough University. Her primary research interests include knowledge, skills and values, and sustainability

Dr Kathryn Walsh

Technology Transfer Manager, Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, UK

Dr Diane Mynors

School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UK

Andrew Grantham

Research Associate, Centre for Research in Innovation Management, University of Brighton, UK

Paul Chan

Lecturer, School of the built environment, Northumbria University, UK

Souad Mohamed

Research associate, School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University, UK


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