Title: Mitigating risks of knowledge transfer in organisation networks - evidence from case studies

Authors: R. Rajendran; Ranga Rajagopal

Addresses: Department of Management, Sri Ramakrishna Institute of Technology, Perur Chettipalayam, Coimbatore 641010, India ' Acenet Technologies India Pvt. Ltd., 1084/4 Trichy Road, Sungam, Coimbatore 641018, India

Abstract: The need to remain competitive is forcing organisations to look at alternate means of enhancing their efficiency. The competition between supply chains also necessitates organisations to innovate and contribute to their networks. This contribution could be through sharing knowledge. The commonly perceived notion is that organisations lose their competitive advantage once they share their knowledge. However, the risk of this sharing could be mitigated if the knowledge is internalised by the users as it continues to grow as an upward spiral. This internalised knowledge once institutionalised, can be transferred across the network, thereby minimising risks associated with its sharing. A proven strategic framework has been applied to validate this phenomena based on multiple case studies. With emerging economies becoming important participants in global networks, this would help in understanding how knowledge can be created, managed, and shared by firms across collaborative networks while mitigating risks due to its transfer.

Keywords: knowledge creation; knowledge sharing; knowledge transfer; knowledge risks; risk mitigation; knowledge management; emerging economies; collaborative networks; collaboration; supply chain management; SCM; risk management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2015.072713

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2015 Vol.6 No.3, pp.279 - 299

Accepted: 01 Sep 2015
Published online: 26 Oct 2015 *

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