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Creating Knowledge: Network Structure and Innovation

When organizations begin planning new ways for employees to share knowledge, the focus is often misplaced on the explicit act of sharing knowledge itself. We cannot meaningfully “force” people to share. At best, we can create situations/conditions/ecologies in which exchange of ideas will occur. Or, more succinctly: “Promoting knowledge sharing is a matter of (a) creating the relational conditions that facilitate interpersonal transfers, and (b) creating the structural conditions that facilitate diffusion.”