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Innovation and learning through knowledge Gatekeepers:a critical examination of the relationship betweentrust, openness, and the use of gatekeepers
Int. J. Learning and Innovation (2013)
  • Deogratias Harorimana, Dr, The University of the South Pacific
Abstract

The term ‘gatekeeper’ is widely used to represent a class of those who collect information, knowledge and contextualise this before they can share with the rest of the members of the organisation knowledge networks-both formal and informal organisations. In this study, it was found:

1 that there is a strong relationship between the openness of a given firm, as regards its knowledge sharing culture and level trust, and that firm’s use of knowledge gatekeepers

2 that the stage of a given firm’s growth corresponds to its strategic use of different types of gatekeeping.

In early and decline (renewal) stages, for instance, firms tend to maintain an informal gatekeeping strategy, while firms who are in the peak phase generally focus on formal gatekeeping.

Keywords
  • knowledge gatekeepers; informal and formal organisations; Trust,
  • Innovation and Learning,
  • Organisational Stage,
  • Organisational Growth,
  • Knowledge Networks,
  • Linkages,
  • Proximity
Publication Date
Spring August, 2013
Publisher Statement
First Accepted in May 2012, Final Acceptance August 2012 and Scheduled Publication September 2013.
Citation Information
Deogratias Harorimana. "Innovation and learning through knowledge Gatekeepers:a critical examination of the relationship betweentrust, openness, and the use of gatekeepers" Int. J. Learning and Innovation Vol. 14 Iss. 3/4 (2013)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/knowledgeispower/29/