Oracle or Obstacle? Individual Level Knowledge, Heterogeinity and Innovation

Kristina Vaarst Andersen

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    Abstract

    Boundary spanning is one way to accumulate diverse knowledge. This paper examines the conditions under which boundary spanning increases the value of project participants contributions to team production. Statistical findings from
    logit regressions show that the cost-benefit tradeoff of boundary spanning depends on whether the focal project is aimed at exploitation or exploration. If the focal project is mostly explorative, diverse knowledge is a valuable resource; in projects where the focus is on exploitation, diverse knowledge impedes project performance. The findings in this paper confirm and extend research on boundary spanning and organizational learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication date2012
    Number of pages28
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventThe DRUID Society Conference 2012 on Innovation and Competitiveness: Dynamics of Organizations, Industries, Systems and Regions - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
    Duration: 19 Jun 201221 Jun 2012
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    Conference

    ConferenceThe DRUID Society Conference 2012 on Innovation and Competitiveness
    LocationCopenhagen Business School
    CountryDenmark
    CityFrederiksberg
    Period19/06/201221/06/2012
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    Vaarst Andersen, K. (2012). Oracle or Obstacle? Individual Level Knowledge, Heterogeinity and Innovation. Paper presented at The DRUID Society Conference 2012 on Innovation and Competitiveness, Frederiksberg, Denmark. http://druid8.sit.aau.dk/acc_papers/f4ngxt8qy8k475j7ccuymvy4uo22.pdf