Managing knowledge for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of processes and for accelerating innovations is widely recognized as a major source of sustained competitive advantage. The growing importance of knowledge sharing has fostered the development of a growing body of research in different disciplinary areas and in different sectors.
The analyses of the barriers that obstruct knowledge flows are paramount for improving organizational performance. The researcher has analyzed the literature on this argument and he has found that knowledge sharing barriers can be grouped into three main macro-dimensions: socio-psychological, technological and organizational.
The author has analyzed the predicting power of the barriers that make knowledge sharing ineffective and the subsequent relationship with new product development performance in a big automotive R & D supplier.
Raffaele Filieri adopts both qualitative and quantitative methods in an innovative way. The regression analysis and the analysis of a firms’ proprietary process were used to measure the strength of knowledge sharing barriers on knowledge sharing efficacy and new product development performance. The social network analysis was used to map the intra-firm knowledge sharing network and to identify and to solve organizational problems. Through social network analysis, the researcher has obtained a better understanding of the informal work in the organization, showing how effectively engineers and scientists work, and how they structured their knowledge sharing networks. The recognition of a hidden network of collaboration has several implications; one of these is the creation of a community of practice for solving the problems previously identified.
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Dr Raffaele Filieri is Research Fellow at Dipartimento di Sociologia e Comunicazione, Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’ and Teaching Assistant at Kemmy Business School, Department of Marketing and Management, University of Limerick. He holds a PhD in Business Engineering from the Università degli Studi ‘Roma 3,’ and has been a visiting PhD lecturer at the e-Business Management School, Università del Salento. He has worked as a consultant for many years within primary Italian consulting agencies. His publications include book chapters with Cambridge University Press, IGI Publishing and several papers in peer reviewed conferences.