Research on Knowledge Transfer in Organizations: A Morphology

Kumar, Ajith J and Ganesh, L S (2009) Research on Knowledge Transfer in Organizations: A Morphology. Journal of Knowledge Management, 13 (4).

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present and describe a morphology of the research literature on knowledge transfer in organizations. Design/methodology/approach – This morphology, which is a comprehensive framework characterizing the knowledge transfer literature in terms of dimensions and options, was developed by an extensive scanning of the pertinent literature. Findings– Eight dimensions were found suitable to characterize the knowledge transfer research literature. Corresponding to each dimension, two to six options were found.Research limitations/implications – The morphology demonstrates the extensiveness and variety of knowledge transfer research. To academics, the morphology can serve as a map of the knowledge transfer territory. Using the morphology, researchers can easily assess how an existing study fits in with the entire body of knowledge transfer research. Secondly, they can discern areas that have received less attention in comparison to others and thus identify gaps they may wish to address in a new study. KM practitioners can use the morphology to assess their knowledge transfer strategies in terms of the dimensions it currently has/lacks, and take appropriate decisions. Originality/value– To the best of the authors' knowledge, a morphological approach has not been attempted so far to characterize KM research literature. The approach used can be applied to other areas of management as well, for similar purposes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Transfer; Knowledge Management
Subjects: Operations Management > Operations Research
Divisions: Operations and Information Science
Depositing User: Mr. Ramesh Kamath
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2018 10:41
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2019 06:17

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