Journal article

Managing Knowledge Distance: IT-Enabled Inter-Firm Knowledge Capabilities in Collaborative Innovation

Tingru Cui, Yu Tong, Hock-Hai Teo, Jizhen Li

Journal of Management Information Systems | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2020


Collaborating with a partner in a distant area is widely endorsed in practice as a means for inspiring novel innovations. However, empirical evidence also reports significant innovation efficiency challenges when working with distant partners due to differences in technical knowledge domain differences. In this study, we conducted a multi-method approach by using a case study of 30 interviews to develop three information technology (IT)-enabled inter-firm knowledge capabilities and testing the research model with field survey data from 258 firms. The findings of this research confirm our hypotheses that IT-enabled inter-firm knowledge exploration capability and IT-enabled inter-firm knowledg..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by National Natural Science Foundation of China

Funding Acknowledgements

This research is funded partially by National Natural Science Foundation of China (71502155, 71821002); Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP180101051); the Singapore Ministry of Education Social Science Research Thematic Grant (MOE2017-SSRTG-023); MOE Project of Key JOURNAL OF MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS 243 Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences at Universities (16JJD630005); and Tsinghua University Institute for China Sustainable Urbanization (TUCSU-K-17024-01).