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Knowledge GovernanceProcesses and Perspectives$
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Nicolai J. Foss and Snejina Michailova

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199235926

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199235926.001.0001

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Superordinate Identity and Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Organizations

Superordinate Identity and Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Organizations

(p.166) 7 Superordinate Identity and Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Organizations
Knowledge Governance

Linda Argote

Aimée A. Kane

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how a shared superordinate identity increases knowledge creation and transfer in firms. It presents evidence, from both the field and laboratory, that sharing a superordinate identity promotes knowledge creation and transfer. It develops theory about the conditions under which a shared superordinate identity is most valuable. It discusses how to build a strong superordinate identity as well as analyses when a superordinate identity is a complement or substitute to other knowledge governance mechanisms. The chapter concludes with a discussion of future research directions on identity and knowledge governance that are particularly promising.

Keywords:   superordinate identity, knowledge transfer, knowledge creation, governance mechanisms

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