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Organizational Learning by ’Segmented Networks’: Breeding Variations and Similarities Together - What is Optimum?

Organizational Learning by ’Segmented Networks’: Breeding Variations and Similarities Together - What is Optimum?
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Author(s): Bishwajit Choudhary (Bankenes BetalingsSentral A/S, Norway)
Copyright: 2000
Pages: 4
Source title: Challenges of Information Technology Management in the 21st Century
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-84-1.ch018

Abstract

Researchers have long argued that a ‘right’ degree of closeness among team members is necessary for innovation. At unhealthy extremes, while closeness leads to cloning and copycat attitude, increased distance can result in incompatibility and dissonance. Hence, actually building teams that possess ‘creative-tension’ is easier said than done. This paper develops specific factors that conceptualize an ‘optimum’ distance (vis-à-vis closeness) in teams and later extends the factors to argue for a novel organizational form, the ‘segmented network’.

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