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The Interaction Between Knowledge Codification And Knowledge Sharing Networks

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Executive Summary

Current Knowledge Management (KM) technologies and strategies advocate two different approaches: knowledge codification and knowledge sharing networks. However, the extant literature has paid limited attention to the interaction between them. This research draws upon the literature on formal modeling of networks to examine the interaction between knowledge codification and knowledge sharing networks. The analysis suggests that an increase in codification may damage existing network-sharing ties. Anticipating that, individuals may hoard their knowledge to protect their network ties, even when there are nontrivial rewards for codification.

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