Information & Management, 45 (8), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: Information & Management, 45 (8), 2008 – interessante Artikel (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Information & Management,
Volume 45, Issue 8, Pages 507-570 (December 2008)

Determinants of successful virtual communities: Contributions from system characteristics and social factors 522-527
Hsiu-Fen Lin

  • Abstract: Although there is growing interest in virtual communities, few studies have examined them from an integrated viewpoint including technical and social perspectives. By expanding on DeLone and McLean’s IS success model, the author constructed a model of the impact of system characteristics (e.g., information and system quality) and social factors (e.g., trust and social usefulness) in implementing successful virtual communities. Data collected from 198 community members provided support for the model. Results showed that both member satisfaction and a sense of belonging were determinants of member loyalty in the community. Additionally, information and system quality were found to affect member satisfaction, while trust influenced the members’ sense of belonging to the community. Finally, the findings provided understanding of the factors that measured virtual community success. Implications of my study are discussed.
  • Keywords: Virtual communities; System characteristics; Social factors; Member satisfaction; Member loyalty
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Determinants of ERP implementation knowledge transfer 528-539
Qing Xu, Qingguo Ma

  • Abstract: Our study examined the determinants of ERP knowledge transfer from implementation consultants (ICs) to key users (KUs), and vice versa. An integrated model was developed, positing that knowledge transfer was influenced by the knowledge-, source-, recipient-, and transfer context-related aspects. Data to test this model were collected from 85 ERP-implementation projects of firms that were mainly located in Zhejiang province, China. The results of the analysis demonstrated that all four aspects had a significant influence on ERP knowledge transfer. Furthermore, the results revealed the mediator role of the transfer activities and arduous relationship between ICs and KUs. The influence on knowledge transfer from the source’s willingness to transfer and the recipient’s willingness to accept knowledge was fully mediated by transfer activities, whereas the influence on knowledge transfer from the recipient’s ability to absorb knowledge was only partially mediated by transfer activities. The influence on knowledge transfer from the communication capability (including encoding and decoding competence) was fully mediated by arduous relationship.
  • Keywords: ERP; Knowledge transfer; Absorptive capacity; Transfer activities; Transfer context; Bidirectional knowledge transfer
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Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25 (3), 2008

[Deutscher Titel: Asia Pacific Journal of Management, 25 (3), 2008 (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Volume 25, Number 3 / September 2008

Special Issue: Knowledge Management and Innovation Strategy in the Asia Pacific; Guest Editors: Yuan Lu, Eric W. K. Tsang and Mike W. Peng

Knowledge management and innovation strategy in the Asia Pacific: Toward an institution-based view
Yuan Lu, Eric W. K. Tsang and Mike W. Peng   361-374 

Internationalization of R&D in China and India: Conventional wisdom versus reality
Kazuhiro Asakawa and Ashok Som   375-394 
Managerial ties, absorptive capacity, and innovation
Shanxing Gao, Kai Xu and Jianjun Yang   395-412 
Technological capabilities and firm performance: The case of small manufacturing firms in Japan
Takehiko Isobe, Shige Makino and David B. Montgomery   413-428 
Knowledge management and innovation strategy: The challenge for latecomers in emerging economies
Jiatao Li and Rajiv Krishnan Kozhikode   429-450 
Impact of personal and cultural factors on knowledge sharing in China
Qian Huang, Robert M. Davison and Jibao Gu   451-471 
The impact of state shares on corporate innovation strategy and performance in China
Erming Xu and Han Zhang  473-487 
Does knowledge management matter for information technology applications in China?
Danming Lin, Qiang Liang, Zongling Xu, Runtian Li and Weimin Xie   489-507 

Innovation in product architecture—A study of the Chinese automobile industry
Hua Wang   509-535 
Multidimensional latent traits of perceived organizational innovation: Differences between Thai and Egyptian employees
Nittaya Wongtada and Gillian Rice   537-562 

Developing theory from strategic management research in China
Yuan Li and Mike W. Peng   563-572  

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(c) Springer

Knowledge interlinking within a German region

[Deutscher Titel: Wissensverkettung in einer deutschen Region (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Stefan Krätke; Arno Brandt
Knowledge Networks as a Regional Development Resource: A Network Analysis of the Interlinks between Scientific Institutions and Regional Firms in the Metropolitan region of Hanover, Germany
European Planning Studies, Volume 17, Issue 1 January 2009 , pages 43 – 63

Abstract: The debate on regional innovation potentials has concentrated in recent times upon the topic of regional knowledge networking. This article presents the findings of the first phase of a detailed network analysis of the cooperation relations between scientific institutions and firms in the “metropolitan region Hanover-Brunswick-Göttingen”. The research concentrated on the regional and supra-regional cooperation relations of approximately 500 science establishments of the region, including their interlinks with private sector firms. This analysis of a polycentric metropolitan region’s knowledge networks in different fields of competence produced detailed information on the density of knowledge interlinking within the region, on the degree of connectivity between the region’s scientific institutions and private sector firms, and on central network nodes within the regional innovation networks. The case study exemplifies the methodical approach of a regional network analysis and emphasizes the role of knowledge networks as a development resource which is of particular relevance to the region’s innovation capacities.

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(c) Routledge

International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 10 (2-4), 2008 (Special Issue on Knowledge-Intensive Business Services)

[Deutscher Titel: International Journal of Services Technology and Management, 10 (2-4), 2008 (Spezial: Wissensintensive Dienstleistungen) (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

International Journal of Services Technology and Management (IJSTM)
Volume 10 – Issue 2/3/4 – 2008

Special Issue on Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) (Guest Editors: Associate Professor David Doloreux, Associate Professor Mark Freel and Professor Emmanuel Muller)


152 – 174 Knowledge-Intensive Business Services (KIBS) as drivers of multilevel knowledge dynamics
Simone Strambach

175 – 189 Client-oriented multicompetence: the core asset in KIBS
Marja Toivonen, Saara Brax, Tiina Tuominen

190 – 210 The internal differentiation of the KIBS sector: empirical evidence from cluster analysis
Daniel Horgos, Andreas Koch

211 – 234 Managing and organising technical and scientific service firms: a taxonomy and an empirical study
Vittorio Chiesa, Federico Frattini, Raffaella Manzini

235 – 253 Intermediating between the international and local levels: business consultancy and advertising firms and their clients in Finland
Mika Kautonen, Anne Tuhkunen

254 – 272 Are KIBS more than intermediate inputs? An examination into their R&D diffuser role in Europe
Mercedes Rodriguez, Jose A. Camacho

273 – 298 Spatial agglomeration, technology and outsourcing of knowledge-intensive business services: empirical insights from Italy
Roberto Antonietti, Giulio Cainelli

299 – 317 Start-ups and innovation in the Vienna ICT sector: how important is the local cluster?
Franz Todtling, Lukas Lengauer, Michaela Trippl

318 – 329 A comparison of the effects of traditional production factors and sources of innovation on KIBS’ performance: an empirical study of Taiwanese IC design firms
Chun-Yao Tseng, Da Chang Pai

330 – 336 KIBS startups in the Stuttgart region: a surprisingly below-average rate?
Thomas Stahlecker, Emmanuel Muller

337 – 342 KIBS, perceptions and innovation patterns
Andrea Zenker, David Doloreux

343 – 348 Tracking knowledge angels: a research proposal
Emmanuel Muller

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