The role of internal factors in knowledge transfer: case study of a Finnish start-up

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dc.contributor Aalto-yliopisto fi
dc.contributor Aalto University en Girs, Mirella 2016-09-22T08:17:49Z 2016-09-22T08:17:49Z 2016
dc.description.abstract Purpose - This qualitative case study examined the roles of internal factors (organizational, individual, technological and knowledge factors) in knowledge transfer in a context of a mobile wellness solutions start-up in Finland. In order to answer the main research question the role of internal factors in the use of knowledge sources, in knowledge conversion and in relationships were studied. Design/Methodology/approach - Ten (10) semi-structured interviews were made that followed the themes of the framework that was constructed for this study. Thematic coding was used to analyze the empirical data. Findings - The findings showed that the organizational and individual factors appeared to have the biggest roles in the ways in which knowledge sources were used, how knowledge was conversed and also in the relationships inside the start-up and between the start-up and it's B-2-B -customer - and thus in knowledge transfer. The roles of the technological and knowledge factors were seen also relevant in the use of knowledge sources and in knowledge conversion, but they did not seem to have a direct role in relationships. Nevertheless, it was recognized that especially the role of knowledge factors in relationships was indirect: The ways knowledge was conversed inside the start-up had a role in the relationships between companies. The findings suggest that the start-up could be able to transfer knowledge better by using more knowledge sources, by conversing knowledge with more diverse means, by building an organizational culture that recognizes the importance on knowledge and by building closer relationships between the companies. Theoretical contribution - The study forms a holistic understanding about the roles of internal factors in knowledge transfer in a start-up context. It fills in the gap of paucity of studies of knowledge management and organizational learning in the context of start-ups by offering new understanding and new insights to the theories. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.title The role of internal factors in knowledge transfer: case study of a Finnish start-up en
dc.type G2 Pro gradu, diplomityö fi Kauppakorkeakoulu fi School of Business en
dc.contributor.department Markkinoinnin laitos fi
dc.contributor.department Department of Marketing en
dc.subject.keyword knowledge transfer
dc.subject.keyword internal factors
dc.subject.keyword organizational factors
dc.subject.keyword individual factors
dc.subject.keyword technological factors
dc.subject.keyword knowledge factors
dc.subject.keyword knowledge sources
dc.subject.keyword knowledge conversion
dc.subject.keyword relationships
dc.subject.keyword start-up
dc.subject.keyword knowledge management
dc.subject.keyword organizational learning
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:aalto-201609223950
dc.type.dcmitype text en
dc.programme.major Markkinointi fi
dc.programme.major Marketing en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu tutkielma fi
dc.type.ontasot Master's thesis en
dc.ethesisid 14719 2016-08-26
dc.location P1 I

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