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LEADING FIRMS AS KNOWLEDGE GATEKEEPERS IN A NETWORKED ENVIRONMENT
Building The Knowledge Society On the Internet: Sharing and Exchanging Knowledge in Networked Environments (2008)
  • Deogratias Harorimana, Mr, The University of the South Pacific
Abstract

This chapter introduces the role of the knowledge gatekeeper as a mechanism by which knowledge is created and transferred in a networked environment. Knowledge creation and transfer are essential for building a knowledge based economy. The chapter considers obstacles that inhibit this process and argues that leading firms create a shared socio-cultural context that enables the condivision of tacit meanings and codification of knowledge. Leading firms act as gatekeepers of knowledge through the creation of shared virtual platforms. There will be a leading firm that connects several networks of clients and suppliers may not interact directly with one another, but are indeed connected indirectly though the leading firm that acts as a gatekeeper. The chapter argues that a large firm connecting several clients and suppliers at the multi-national level represents a gatekeeper, but even individuals and focal firms in industrial districts can be gatekeepers.

Publication Date
Winter November, 2008
Editor
Ettore Bolissani
Publisher
www.igi-global.com
Publisher Statement
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Citation Information
Deogratias Harorimana. "LEADING FIRMS AS KNOWLEDGE GATEKEEPERS IN A NETWORKED ENVIRONMENT" HersheyBuilding The Knowledge Society On the Internet: Sharing and Exchanging Knowledge in Networked Environments (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/knowledgeispower/2/