Session Details: Session 1058

Knowledge Strategies: Collaboration and Governance

Track A

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Time: 11:30 – 12:45


Room: Salon 20

Session Chair:
Antonio Capaldo, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Title: Founding Knowledge Strategy for Sourcing Arrangements: The Case of the London Insurance Market


  • Leslie Willcocks, London School of Economics
  • Claudia Loebbecke, University of Cologne

Abstract: Organizations rarely adequately think through the knowledge implications of their IT sourcing strategy. This paper offers a fourfold classification of intellectual capital and a framework for analyzing knowledge issues in five types of sourcing arrangements. It illustrates in detail how the framework can be used through assessing a sourcing arrangement in the London Insurance market that utilized an enterprise partnership model, and fully committed to creating and leveraging knowledge on the dimensions of structural, human, customer, and social capital. The paper illustrates the efficacy of this approach and suggests that competing on knowledge could be the source of differentiation in sourcing arrangements in respect of both supplier offering and client service experience.

Title: Inter-Organizational Knowledge Creation as Strategic Challenge: Concept and Cases


  • Antonio Cordella, London School of Economics
  • Claudio Huyskens, University of Cologne
  • Claudia Loebbecke, University of Cologne

Abstract: Knowledge has become increasingly complex and costly to achieve. However, it sets a fundamental competitive requirement in knowledge-intensive industries. Organizations participate in inter-organizational knowledge networks to achieve cost-effective access to specialized knowledge. Building on a literature brief, this paper investigates why and how organizations participate in such inter-organizational endeavors. Discussing the main conceptual arguments along the lines of two cases, one from the pharmaceutical and one from the retail industry, the paper finds how companies increasingly gain knowledge in inter-organizational networks and must share a common formative context with the specialized knowledge producing agents in order to internalize the knowledge effectively. The paper identifies knowledge-related core competences as the ability to gather and internally re-combine knowledge and industry-wide innovation leadership.

Title: Knowledge Bases of Relational Capabilities and Their Relation to the Governance of Inter-Organizational Collaboration


  • Peter Ring, Loyola Marymount University
  • Gianni Lorenzoni, University of Bologna
  • Antonio Capaldo, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

Abstract: The past decade has witnessed a marked shift in the foci of those who study collaboration away from a very heavy emphasis on issues related to structures and governance mechanisms of inter-organizational relations; towards an improved understanding of the relationships that are manifested in joint ventures, strategic alliances, long-term buyer-supplier relationships, public partnerships, networks, etc. One of their key managerial and organizational challenges in managing these collaborative relationships is the identification of the knowledge bases essential to the creation of the capabilities that will be required of individuals and organizations if they are to succeed in establishing and maintaining those relationships. In this paper we offer a model and a framework that provides a basis for dealing with these issues.

Title: Thinking Inside the Box: The Firm as an Internal Market for Knowledge


  • Paul Nagy, Suffolk University
  • Jennifer Sexton, West Virginia University

Abstract: The knowledge-based view of the firm identifies knowledge as the firm’s most important resource. Much of the respective literature addresses the firm’s role in using knowledge to bundle and leverage resources in the production of goods and services. This role is relegated to the firm due to the failure of external markets to efficiently coordinate the transfer of knowledge. We propose that the firm operates as a market for the efficient valuation and transfer of knowledge within the firm. Guided by the arguments of transaction cost economics and the knowledge-based view of the firm, we develop the idea of the firm as an internal market for knowledge, and discuss the possible implications this framework presents.

All Sessions in Track A...

Mon: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1036: Knowledge and Learning
Mon: 15:30 – 16:45
Session 1041: Knowledge, Collaboration, and Performance
Session 1061: Inter-Organizational Knowledge Transfer
Mon: 17:00 – 18:15
Session 1040: Knowledge Transfer and Diffusion
Session 1042: Capabilities, Value Creation, and Performance
Tue: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1035: Strategic Dynamics in Industry Architectures: The Challenges of Knowledge Integration
Session 1055: Governing Knowledge in Interorganizational Relationships
Tue: 14:30 – 15:45
Session 1039: Knowledge and Governance
Session 1045: Capabilities and Governance
Session 1056: Discussing Approaches on How Knowledge Matters in Organizations
Wed: 10:00 – 11:15
Session 1038: Knowledge and Networks
Session 1057: Knowledge as a Driver of Innovation, Learning and Competence-Building
Wed: 11:30 – 12:45
Session 1044: Technology and Performance
Session 1046: Knowledge Across Boundaries
Session 1058: Knowledge Strategies: Collaboration and Governance

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