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Stretching tacit knowledge beyond a local fix? Global spaces of learning in advertising professional service firms.

Faulconbridge, James R. (2006) Stretching tacit knowledge beyond a local fix? Global spaces of learning in advertising professional service firms. Journal of Economic Geography, 6 (4). pp. 517-540. ISSN 1468-2710

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    Abstract

    The �knowledge economy� is now widely debated and economic geographers have made a significant contribution to understanding of the influences upon the production and dissemination of tacit knowledge within and between firms. However, the continued association of tacit knowledge with practices rooted at the local scale and suggestions of territorially sticky knowledges has proven controversial. Through examination of empirical material exploring the stretching of learning in advertising professional service firms, the paper argues that we need to recognise the use of two different epistemologies of organizational knowledge leverage - �knowledge transfer� in the form of best practice and �the social production of new knowledge� - and their complementary yet differentiated roles in organizations and differing spatial reaches. This highlights the existence of multiple geographies of tacit knowledge and the need to be more subtle in our arguments about its geographies. In particular, the paper reveals that tacit knowledge can have global geographies when knowledge management practices focus on reproducing rather than transferring knowledge across space.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Economic Geography
    Additional Information: This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Geography following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version was published in the Journal of Economic Geography 2006 Volume 6 (4) pp. 517-540 and is available online at: http://joeg.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/6/4/517
    Uncontrolled Keywords: knowledge ; professional service firms ; advertising ; globalization.
    Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
    Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
    ID Code: 350
    Deposited By: Dr James R. Faulconbridge
    Deposited On: 19 Jan 2007
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 28 Feb 2013 15:18
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/350

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