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Viewing the corporate community as a knowledge network

William Swan (William Swan is in the School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Nigel Langford (Nigel Langford is in the BNFL Corporate Communication Research Unit, University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Ian Watson (Ian Watson is in the School of Construction and Property Management, University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Richard J. Varey (Richard J. Varey is in the BNFL Corporate Communication Research Unit, University of Salford, Salford, UK.)

Corporate Communications: An International Journal

ISSN: 1356-3289

Article publication date: 1 June 2000

Abstract

The inter‐organizational network is becoming an increasingly common form of organization. The majority of trade is carried out between organizations, rather than organizations and households. Many of these networks are concerned with the exchange of tangible goods. However, increasing numbers are concerned with the exchange of knowledge and all are dependent upon the role of knowledge in their activities. It is our assertion that with an understanding of the nature of knowledge, we may identify how, and why, certain network formations are adopted. It is asserted that links between organizations may be viewed as knowledge assets. The expression of multiple links within a corporate community may be regarded as a network of knowledge assets. From this conceptual framework, it may be possible to answer wider questions concerning the nature of networks established in the real world and how changes are wrought on a network over a period of time.

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Swan, W., Langford, N., Watson, I. and Varey, R.J. (2000), "Viewing the corporate community as a knowledge network", Corporate Communications: An International Journal, Vol. 5 No. 2, pp. 97-106. https://doi.org/10.1108/13563280010372522

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