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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-008-05-0546


Knowledge Transfer in Recycling Networks: Fostering Sustainable Development

Elisabeth Milchrahm (Institute for Information Science, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria)

Arnulf Hasler (Institute for Innovation and Environmental Management, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Austria)

Abstract: This paper reports on long-term research work of recycling networks in Germany and Austria from a knowledge-based perspective. Using data from expert interviews, we discuss the key determinants of inter-organizational knowledge transfer within networks. In particular, we highlight the factor of mutual trust as important determinant of knowledge transfer in company recycling networks. One important goal of our empirical research is the institutionalization of knowledge transfer through the implementation of a central recycling agency in order to build core capabilities and to create intellectual capital.

Keywords: company networks, knowledge networks, knowledge taxonomies, knowledge transfer, recycling agency, sustainable development

Categories: H.3, H.4, J.4