The aim of this paper is to contribute to the discussion on the issue of when knowledge leaks between various groups and when knowledge sticks within one learning group. Theoretical insights propose that one needs strong ties for knowledge transfer and sharing. A preliminary case study, however, suggests that strong ties with people outside the learning group can hinder learning within a group. These observations suggest that strong ties outside a group are not the only condition which facilitates knowledge transfer and sharing. The same case study suggests that for knowledge sharing the various groups should differ in their adopted task and topic.

groups differentiated according to topic and task, knowledge sharing in a group, knowledge transfer from outside a group, various ties in a social network
Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior (jel L2), Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting (jel M), Business Administration: General (jel M10), Personnel Management (jel M12), Business Administration: Other (jel M19)
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Bogenrieder, I.M. (2004). Effects of multiple network ties Knowledge transfer and sharing in a network: The effects of multipleties (No. ERS-2004-093-ORG). ERIM Report Series Research in Management. Retrieved from