Knowledge Sharing in Inter-Unit Cooperative Episodes: The Impact of Organizational Structure Dimensions

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Topic: Big Data
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In this paper, the authors have studied how classic organizational structure dimensions should be altered to be more adapted to organizational knowledge sharing. In particular, they look at the dimensions: coordination, centralization, formalization, and specialization, in their relationship to the concept of knowledge sharing. Empirical data was collected by means of a questionnaire in two companies. Their findings indicated that expected relationships, such as the negative effect of centralization or the positive effect of lower formalization, were not found. Interdependency and knowledge complexity, caused by specialization, had an important interacting effect on the relationship between coordination and knowledge sharing.
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