The impact of virtual technologies on knowledge-based processes: an empirical study

Antonino Vaccaro*, Francisco Veloso, Stefano Brusoni

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This study examines the organizational knowledge creation processes in two highly virtual teams involved in new product development projects in the automotive industry. Using Nonaka's model of knowledge creation, we explore how the virtualization of knowledge-based processes, i.e. the intensive exploitation of information and communication technologies (ICTs), has led to new forms of knowledge creation at both the individual and organizational levels. In contrast to previous studies that identify knowledge codification as the main contribution of ICTs, this study provides detailed micro-level evidence about the ability of virtual technologies to support the transfer and the creation of new knowledge - both explicit and tacit - and offers some implications for scholars and practitioners.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1278-1287
Number of pages10
JournalResearch Policy
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2009


  • Design
  • Innovation
  • Knowledge management
  • SECI model
  • Virtual technologies


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