Knowledge Transfer in Organizational Critical Events: Recycling and Recombination of Knowledge in Failures and Acquisitions
01 / 2011 - 01 / 2015
This proposal investigates how firms exchange knowledge in critical events such as failures and acquisitions. Results from the analyses proposed contribute to explain how companies develop their know-how and create value by combining their knowledge with that of external parts. When companies fail, knowledge transfer ensures that firms understanding of productive and competing strategies is preserved and transmitted to other organizations. For companies involved in acquisitions, the capability to exchange and recombine know-how allows partners to realize synergies and produce wealth from the integration of their facilities. To investigate how knowledge transfer processes work, I propose to follow moving employees. I argue that the analysis of their careers shows how firms exchange knowledge and how they absorb it transforming know-how into economic worth.