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Construction companies and how they acquire knowledge through business interaction
Department of Innovation and Economic Organisation, BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History, Science and Technology Studies Center. (Centre for Science and Technology Studies)
2011 (English)In: The IMP Journal, ISSN 0809-7259, Vol. 5, no 2, 67-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

By combining the two phenomena 'knowledge' and 'interaction', in terms of how they can vary in both intensity and content, this article attempts to deepen the understanding of the relationship between different types of interaction and learning, and, more specifically, how it appears within the construction industry. As an industry, construction displays some specific features in relation to interactional patterns that seem to hinder the establishment of more extensive long-term interactions. Through distinguishing between different types of interactions we discuss potential learning opportunities. The theoretical discussion is exemplified with empirical material from the construction industry that we glean from both earlier studies and from an ongoing investigation of Swedish construction firms. Our results indicate that there are different degrees of knowledge being transferred in the construction network, and that there are examples of close interaction where joint learning takes place. However, the organisational conditions characterising the construction industry seem to provide little incentive to invest inlong-term relationships, thus affecting what can be learned from others. This research project has been financial supported by the Swedish Construction Federation and The Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation.

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The IMP Group , 2011. Vol. 5, no 2, 67-78 p.
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-166550OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166550DiVA: diva2:476812
Available from: 2012-01-12 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-04-03Bibliographically approved

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