Session Details: Session 1011

Strategies for Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management

Track D

Date: Sunday, December 14, 2008


Time: 13:30 – 14:45


Room: Lecture Theatre 8

Session Chair:
Ariff Kachra, University of Western Ontario

Title: A Blending of Spices: Knowledge Integration in Bollywood Film Production


  • Jamal Shamsie, Michigan State University
  • Federico Aime, Oklahoma State University
  • Scott Johnson, Oklahoma State University

The reliance on tacit knowledge that is possessed by various individuals that work together on a particular project illustrates the significance of knowledge as a key resource. In this paper we use the Bollywood motion picture industry to focus on the critical issue of knowledge integration that occurs in complex projects. The success of the project depends in many ways on the ability of these individuals to blend and integrate each other’s knowledge. More specifically, we focus on the factors that can either facilitate or hinder the process of knowledge integration between the key members of a team that work together on motion pictures. We then use these factors to suggest how they may influence the outcome of such a project.

Title: Individual Knowledge and Knowledge Strategy in Organizations


  • Ajith Kumar, T A Pai Management Institute
  • Ram Baliga, Wake Forest University

This research explores the influence that individual knowledge has on the usefulness of an organization’s knowledge strategy. Two broad types of individual knowledge – tacit knowledge and social knowledge – are considered along with two generic knowledge strategies, codification and personalization. In a cross-sectional study involving 284 knowledge workers across 19 product development (PD) units of large Indian manufacturing companies, it was found that individual knowledge moderates the relationships between knowledge strategy and performance. Further, individual tacit knowledge differs from social knowledge on the nature of moderation. Tacit knowledge increases the usefulness of the codification strategy, but diminishes that of the personalization strategy, while the opposite is found with social knowledge. The findings hint at a fit between individual knowledge and knowledge strategy.

Title: Learning Dynamics Between Rivals in Alternative Space Arrangements


  • Cristina Boari, University of Bologna
  • Guido Fioretti, University of Bologna
  • Vincenza Odorici, University of Bologna

We combine different streams of theoretical literature to yield first principles of rival firms behavior with respect to geographical distance. With these first principles, we build an agent-based model where the behavior of clustered firms is compared to the behavior of isolated firms. Our model finds that, although exploration and experiential learning are crucial, exploitation and vicarious learning are far more common. Most importantly, our model confirms that clustered firms have a competitive advantage over isolated firms. This competitive advantage stems from the fact that geographical proximity allows firms to develop knowledge that has both greater scope and larger depth.

All Sessions in Track D...

Sat: 11:15 – 12:30
Session 1029: US-India Partnership in Drug Discovery: New Business Models in a Changing Global Pharmaceutical Industry
Sat: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 1033: Growth Through Acquisitions and Alliances: The Indian Experience
Sun: 13:30 – 14:45
Session 1011: Strategies for Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
Sun: 15:00 – 16:15
Session 1009: Value Creation through Acquisitions in the Context of Emerging Economy Firms

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