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Existing Knowledge, Knowledge Creation Capability, and the Rate of New Product Introduction in High-Technology Firms

Ken G. Smith, Christopher J. Collins and Kevin D. Clark
The Academy of Management Journal
Vol. 48, No. 2 (Apr., 2005), pp. 346-357
Published by: Academy of Management
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20159660
Page Count: 12
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Existing Knowledge, Knowledge Creation Capability, and the Rate of New Product Introduction in High-Technology Firms
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Abstract

A field study of top management teams and knowledge workers from 72 technology firms demonstrated that the rate of new product and service introduction was a function of organization members' ability to combine and exchange knowledge. We tested the following as bases of that ability: the existing knowledge of employees (their education levels and functional heterogeneity), knowledge from member ego networks (number of direct contacts and strength of ties), and organizational climates for risk taking and teamwork.

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