author={Linda Argote and Paul Ingram},
  journal={Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes},
  • L. ArgoteP. Ingram
  • Published 1 May 2000
  • Business
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes
This concluding article in the special issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes on the foundations of knowledge transfer in organizations argues that the creation and transfer of knowledge are a basis for competitive advantage in firms. The article builds on a framework of knowledge reservoirs to show why knowledge transfer can be difficult and to identify the kinds of knowledge that are most difficult to transfer to different contexts. The article develops the proposition… 

Knowledge Transfer in Organizations: Learning from the Experience of Others☆

Abstract In the introduction to this special issue of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes on the psychological foundations of knowledge transfer in organizations, we argue that

The Mechanisms and Components of Knowledge Transfer: The Virtual Special Issue on Knowledge Transfer Within Organizations

Knowledge transfer within organizations has important implications for organizational performance and competitive advantage. In this virtual special issue, we review articles on this topic published

Managing knowledge transfer in international alliances

Although managing knowledge assets is critical for firm success, organizational knowledge is hard to capture, transfer, and make useable. Because knowledge is embedded in organizational structures,

A Multi-Theoretical Model of Knowledge Transfer in Organizations: Determinants of Knowledge Contribution and Knowledge Reuse

It is argued that the effectiveness of intrafirm knowledge transfer based on the reuse of existing knowledge depends on two key factors: the willingness of individuals to contribute their knowledge to the system and the rate at which individuals access and reuse knowledge within the system.

Transferring Knowledge by Transferring Individuals: Innovative Technology Use and Organizational Performance in Multiunit Firms

Transferring individuals who possess relevant knowledge from one organizational unit to another—a form of resource redeployment—may help to overcome impediments to knowledge transfer. Despite the


The aim of this paper is to confirm the importance of knowledge transfer for sustainable competitive advantage, as well as to explain the circumstances which influence knowledge to be best transmitted from one organizational unit to another.

Organisation-internal Transfer of Knowledge and the Role of Motivation. A Qualitative Study

This paper reports a case study of a knowledge transfer programme in a manufacturing MNC, and suggests that firm-internal knowledge transfer programmes are exercises requiring a great deal of

Knowledge Transfer Networks, Value Creation, and Cultural Aspects of Industrial Production

The idea that knowledge transfer is a way for organizations to be more competitive and implement changes essential to their survival is proposed by looking at five firms in the meat producing industry in different countries.

Beyond Knowledge Transfer: A Typology of Knowledge Sharing Behavior in Virtual Teams

The ability to mobilize knowledge from different parts of an organization is central to organizational success in changeable and competitive, global environments. Although there is much research on



Knowledge and the Speed of the Transfer and Imitation of Organizational Capabilities: An Empirical Test

The capabilities of a firm, or any organization, lie primarily in the organizing principles by which individual and functional expertise is structured, coordinated, and communicated. Firms are social

An Investigation of Partner Similarity Dimensions on Knowledge Transfer

Abstract Learning from the experiences of others can provide significant benefits for an organization, but it can be difficult to know who has the most useful or applicable knowledge. Knowledge is

Sources of Managers' Knowledge of Organizational Capabilities

Abstract In order to compete successfully in an industry, managers in organizations need to learn about emerging best practices and to implement them in their units. An essential part of this

Knowledge and the firm: Overview

The explosion of interest in knowledge and its management reflects the trend towards ‘knowledge work’ and the Information Age, and recognition of knowledge as the principal source of economic rent.

The Search-Transfer Problem: The Role of Weak Ties in Sharing Knowledge across Organization Subunits

This paper combines the concept of weak ties from social network research and the notion of complex knowledge to explain the role of weak ties in sharing knowledge across organization subunits in a


Discusses the notion that the ability to exploit external knowledge is crucial to a firm's innovative capabilities. In addition, it is argued that the ability to evaluate and use outside knowledge is

The Acquisition, Transfer, and Depreciation of Knowledge in Service Organizations: Productivity in Franchises

The paper examines the acquisition, depreciation and transfer of knowledge acquired through learning by doing in service organizations. The analysis is based on weekly data collected over a one and a

Organizational Learning: Creating, Retaining and Transferring Knowledge

The results of research on factors explaining organizational learning curves and the persistence and transfer of productivity gains acquired through experience are described and integrated.

Organizational Memory

  • J. MorrisonL. Olfman
  • Computer Science
    Proceedings of the Thirty-First Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
  • 1998
The design of a project memory system that overcomes the barriers to capturing informal knowledge is explored, including the use of a display system that captures the key issues and ideas during meetings.


The dynamic capabilities framework analyzes the sources and methods of wealth creation and capture by private enterprise firms operating in environments of rapid technological change. The competitive