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Evolutionary game of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern of innovative organization

Ruihua Wang (Department of Management Engineering, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, China)

International Journal of Innovation Science

ISSN: 1757-2223

Article publication date: 26 September 2019

Issue publication date: 4 October 2019

Abstract

Purpose

Knowledge sharing in a master-apprentice pattern is the process of transferring tacit knowledge from masters to apprentices. In addition, 90 per cent of knowledge required for organizational innovation is tacit knowledge in the master-apprentice pattern. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the evolution of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern and explore the consequences of how to improve the knowledge sharing in the master-apprentice pattern.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper uses asymmetric evolutionary game theory to study the evolutionary track of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern of innovative organizations by analyzing the utility of masters and apprentices during the process of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern of the innovative organization.

Findings

The results reveal that when the masters obtained utility from sharing knowledge is greater than that from hoarding knowledge, and the apprentices obtained utility from studying hard is greater than the costs, the innovative organization can get the largest utility from the knowledge sharing in the mater-apprentice pattern.

Research limitations/implications

The limitation of the research is that this paper mainly studies knowledge sharing among individuals and does not research knowledge sharing between individuals and organizations.

Practical implications

This research has extended the understanding of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice and its evolution path. Also, the obtained findings are conducive to promoting knowledge sharing in master-apprentice and improving human resource management in innovative organizations.

Originality/value

This paper attempts to construct the evolution path of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern, which is a useful exploration of the dynamics of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern and makes up for the shortcomings of the existing research.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a grant from philosophy and social science planning of Henan province (NO. 2017BZH007), and Innovation and development fund of management engineering department of Zhengzhou University (NO. 20170610).

Citation

Wang, R. (2018), "Evolutionary game of knowledge sharing in master-apprentice pattern of innovative organization", International Journal of Innovation Science, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 436-453. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJIS-11-2018-0125

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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