Social capital networks, and knowledge transfer

Andrew C. Inkpen, Eric W.K. Tsang

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We examine how social capital dimensions of networks affect the transfer of knowledge between network members. We distinguish among three common network types: intracorporate networks, strategic alliances, and industrial districts. Using a social capital framework, we identify structural, cognitive, and relational dimensions for the three network types. We then link these social capital dimensions to the conditions that facilitate knowledge transfer. In doing so, we propose a set of conditions that promote knowledge transfer for the different network types.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalAcademy of Management Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business, Management and Accounting
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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