The dynamics of knowledge flows

Human capital mobility, knowledge retention and change

Tammy L. Madsen, Elaine Mosakowski, Sri Zaheer

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Abstract

This empirical paper investigates the relationships between the amount of human capital that flows into a firm and two activities underlying a firm's knowledge production, variation or change and knowledge retention. We track the flow of human capital within and across organizational and geographic space for all multi-unit banks operating in the world foreign exchange trade industry from 1973 to 1993. The findings indicate that an increased reliance on past experience reduces how much human capital a firm imports in the future. This effect is moderated by a self-reinforcing cycle of human capital inflow. Inflows of human capital also decline when a firm has recently adopted novel changes in its operations. The paper uses evolutionary thinking to define a model for intrafirm knowledge production.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-176
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2002

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Industry
Capital mobility
Knowledge flow
Human capital
Knowledge production
Capital inflows
Capital flows
Foreign exchange
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Keywords

  • Human capital theory
  • Job mobility
  • Knowledge
  • Learning
  • Personnel

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The dynamics of knowledge flows : Human capital mobility, knowledge retention and change. / Madsen, Tammy L.; Mosakowski, Elaine; Zaheer, Sri.

In: Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 6, No. 2, 01.05.2002, p. 164-176.

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