At the origins of learning: Absorbing knowledge flows from within the team

Charles Ayoubi, Michele Pezzoni, Fabiana Visentin*

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Abstract

Empirical studies document a positive effect of collaboration on team productivity. However, little has been done to assess how knowledge flows among team members. Our study addresses this issue by exploring unique rich data on a Swiss funding program promoting research team collaboration. We find that being involved in an established collaboration and team size foster the probability of an individual learning from the other team members. We also find that team members with limited experience are more likely to learn from experienced peers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)374-387
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
Volume134
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2017
Externally publishedYes

JEL classifications

  • d83 - "Search; Learning; Information and Knowledge; Communication; Belief"
  • o30 - "Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights: General"
  • o33 - "Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes"

Keywords

  • Team
  • Learning process
  • Knowledge flows
  • Cognitive distance
  • Social distance
  • Geographical distance
  • RESEARCH COLLABORATION
  • SCIENTIFIC TEAMS
  • IMPACT
  • PERFORMANCE
  • SCIENCE
  • PRODUCTIVITY
  • PROXIMITY
  • PATTERNS
  • FIELD

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