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Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries$
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Frederik Tell, Christian Berggren, Stefano Brusoni, and Andrew Van de Ven

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198785972

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198785972.001.0001

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Boundary Spanning, Boundary Objects, and Innovation

Boundary Spanning, Boundary Objects, and Innovation

(p.241) Chapter 15 Boundary Spanning, Boundary Objects, and Innovation
Managing Knowledge Integration Across Boundaries

Andrew Van de Ven

Shaker A. Zahra

Oxford University Press

Managing knowledge integration across boundaries for innovation involves boundary-spanning activities that facilitate exposure and access to diverse and oftentimes distant knowledge domains, essential for innovation. Yet, different knowledge domains develop their own lexicons and heuristics, complicating understating of their texture and potential usefulness. Boundary spanning activities can reduce these barriers. We propose a curvilinear relationship between the complexity of spanning knowledge boundaries and innovation novelty; and that boundary objects moderate this relationship. Drawing upon the literature on boundary spanning and boundary objects, and the findings presented in this book, the chapter categorizes how different boundary objects are associated with type and degree of boundary complexity.

Keywords:   knowledge integration, innovation, boundary spanning, boundary objects, boundary complexity, knowledge domains, innovation novelty

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