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Knowledge Sharing in a Business Incubator

Temperli, Roland LU and Siebert, Steffen (2012) BUSN49 20121
Department of Business Administration
Abstract
Purpose: The purpose of the research is to investigate how entrepreneurs experience knowledge sharing in a business incubator. Furthermore, the study explores which fac- tors enable or inhibit knowledge sharing.

Design/methodology/approach: The research is based on an inductive approach with twelve semi-structured interviews serving as the main empirical data, with additional unstructured observations supporting the data. Since the focus is on entrepreneurs lived experiences, a phenomenological approach is used.

Findings: The thesis argues that entrepreneurs experience four aspects; 1) open office space, 2) management support, as well as 3) activities and the 4) community – as sup- portive for sharing knowledge in a business... (More)
Purpose: The purpose of the research is to investigate how entrepreneurs experience knowledge sharing in a business incubator. Furthermore, the study explores which fac- tors enable or inhibit knowledge sharing.

Design/methodology/approach: The research is based on an inductive approach with twelve semi-structured interviews serving as the main empirical data, with additional unstructured observations supporting the data. Since the focus is on entrepreneurs lived experiences, a phenomenological approach is used.

Findings: The thesis argues that entrepreneurs experience four aspects; 1) open office space, 2) management support, as well as 3) activities and the 4) community – as sup- portive for sharing knowledge in a business incubator. Both, the notions of collaborative communities (CC) and communities of practise (COP), respectively, show crucial as- pects that are of particular importance in enabling knowledge sharing. Hence, our find- ings show that both notions viewed from a convergent perspective could result in a mu- tually beneficial new framework, which can be named collaborative communities of practice (CCOP). The constructed framework constitutes a suitable illustration of how missing values in the concept of COP can be extended in order to promote knowledge sharing.

Originality/value: By outlining experienced enabling aspects to share knowledge and by introducing a merged framework regarding knowledge sharing, the authors offer a new foundation for theory building for researchers in this field, as well as interesting re- sults for practitioners. (Less)
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author
Temperli, Roland LU and Siebert, Steffen
supervisor
organization
course
BUSN49 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Knowledge sharing, business incubator, collaborative communities, com- munties of practice, collaborative communities of practice.
language
English
id
2798148
date added to LUP
2012-06-18 12:15:22
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2012-06-18 12:15:22
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Design/methodology/approach: The research is based on an inductive approach with twelve semi-structured interviews serving as the main empirical data, with additional unstructured observations supporting the data. Since the focus is on entrepreneurs lived experiences, a phenomenological approach is used.

Findings: The thesis argues that entrepreneurs experience four aspects; 1) open office space, 2) management support, as well as 3) activities and the 4) community – as sup- portive for sharing knowledge in a business incubator. Both, the notions of collaborative communities (CC) and communities of practise (COP), respectively, show crucial as- pects that are of particular importance in enabling knowledge sharing. Hence, our find- ings show that both notions viewed from a convergent perspective could result in a mu- tually beneficial new framework, which can be named collaborative communities of practice (CCOP). The constructed framework constitutes a suitable illustration of how missing values in the concept of COP can be extended in order to promote knowledge sharing.

Originality/value: By outlining experienced enabling aspects to share knowledge and by introducing a merged framework regarding knowledge sharing, the authors offer a new foundation for theory building for researchers in this field, as well as interesting re- sults for practitioners.},
  author       = {Temperli, Roland and Siebert, Steffen},
  keyword      = {Knowledge sharing,business incubator,collaborative communities,com- munties of practice,collaborative communities of practice.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Knowledge Sharing in a Business Incubator},
  year         = {2012},
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