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Title: Knowledge sharing in a global automotive corporation: the role of homophily in markets
Authors: Saker, James M.
Cooke, Louise
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Emerald
Citation: SAKER, J. and COOKE, L., 2017. Knowledge sharing in a global automotive corporation: the role of homophily in markets. Journal of Knowledge Management, [not yet published].
Abstract: Purpose: This paper reports on research undertaken into Knowledge Sharing (KS) within the Sales and Marketing Operations of a global automotive company. The organisation had set up a Global Knowledge Centre to promote and coordinate KS between its markets. The research aimed to understand the effectiveness and barriers to KS by interviewing senior managers from markets around the world. Design: A series of semi-structured interviews were conducted across a sample of international markets. Findings: The findings identified the key role of informal KS but challenged the conventional belief that interpersonal ‘homophily’ is a key antecedent for KS to take place. The research identifies instead key market characteristics that act as a greater factor in determining what is considered as relevant and creditable knowledge within the organisation. Originality: The paper proposes a broadening of the definition of ‘homophily’ in the context of the global corporation.
Description: This article is closed access until after the date of its commercial publication.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23491
Publisher Link: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/1367-3270.htm
ISSN: 1758-7484
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