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

@article{Hansen1999TheSP,
  title={The Search-Transfer Problem: The Role of Weak Ties in Sharing Knowledge across Organization Subunits},
  author={Morten T. Hansen},
  journal={Administrative Science Quarterly},
  year={1999},
  volume={44},
  pages={111 - 82}
}
  • Morten T. Hansen
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Administrative Science Quarterly
  • 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 multiunit organization. I use a network study of 120 new-product development projects undertaken by 41 divisions in a large electronics company to examine the task of developing new products in the least amount of time. Findings show that weak interunit ties help a project team search for useful… CONTINUE READING

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