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Existing Knowledge, Knowledge Creation Capability, and the Rate of New Product Introduction in High-Technology Firms
Academy of Management Journal (2005)
  • Ken G Smith, University of Maryland
  • Christopher J Collins, Cornell University
  • Kevin D Clark, Villanova University
Abstract

[Excerpt] A field study of top management teams and knowledge workers from 72 technology firms demonstrated that the rate of new product and service introduction was a function of organization members' ability to combine and exchange knowledge. We tested the following as bases of that ability: the existing knowledge of employees (their education levels and functional heterogeneity), knowledge from member ego networks (number of direct contacts and strength of ties), and organizational climates for risk taking and teamwork.

Keywords
  • knowledge,
  • high-technology firms,
  • new products,
  • teamwork,
  • risk
Publication Date
2005
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Smith, K. G., Collins, C. J., & Clark, K. D. (2005). Existing knowledge, knowledge creation capability, and the rate of new product introduction in high-technology firms [Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_collins/29/

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© Academy of Management. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. Final version published as: Smith, K. G., Collins, C. J., & Clark, K. D. (2005). Existing knowledge, knowledge creation capability, and the rate of new product introduction in high-technology firms. Academy of Management Journal, 48(2), 346-357.

Citation Information
Ken G Smith, Christopher J Collins and Kevin D Clark. "Existing Knowledge, Knowledge Creation Capability, and the Rate of New Product Introduction in High-Technology Firms" Academy of Management Journal (2005)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/christopher_collins/29/