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Permanent and temporary work practices: Knowledge integration and the meaning of boundary activities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Business Studies.
Department of Informatics, Jönköping International Business School, Jönköping, Sweden.
Department of Informatics and Institute of Economic Research, School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
2008 (English)In: Knowledge Management Research & Practice, ISSN 1477-8238, E-ISSN 1477-8246, Vol. 6, no 4, 260-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Knowledge integration is a critical topic in current knowledge management research and practice. Research on this topic focuses primarily on how knowledge is integrated within a work setting. A less researched area is knowledge integration between different work groups. The purpose is hence to describe and analyze how knowledge is integrated between different work groups. We present two intensive case studies – one permanent and one temporary (project) work settings – which were studied using a practice-based perspective. A main result of the study is that knowledge integration in the two cases was more complicated than the literature suggests. Both differences and similarities were found between the two cases. Differences were seen in the use of boundary spanning activities and boundary objects, whereas similarities were found in the organizational structures and mechanisms, that is, purposes, rules, and infrastructures, which facilitated the integration of knowledge and/or functioned as obstacles and impediments.

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2008. Vol. 6, no 4, 260-273 p.
Keyword [en]
knowledge integration, boundaries, temporary organization, permanent organization
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-86677DOI: 10.1057/kmrp.2008.27ISI: 000207670100002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-86677DiVA: diva2:126889
Available from: 2008-11-26 Created: 2008-11-25 Last updated: 2011-01-04Bibliographically approved

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