Creating knowledge through networks: a gender perspective
Durbin, S. (2011) Creating knowledge through networks: a gender perspective. Gender, Work and Organization, 18 (1). pp. 90-112. ISSN 0968-6673
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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0432.2010.00536.x
This article offers a theoretical analysis of knowledge creation through networking, specifically drawing upon the example of female senior managers as potential knowledge creators. The article constructs a model of networks and their corresponding knowledge and organisational types. It highlights the importance of differentiating between formal and informal networks and that senior women have limited access to and are often excluded from strategic informal networks, such as the ‘old boys’ network’. Restricted network access denies involvement in the exchange and creation of tacit knowledge and ultimately, organisational resources and power. The strength of network ties may also impact upon the quality of knowledge exchanged within networks, its level of complexity and strategic relevance. The article contributes to the debate on the gendering of the knowledge economy and suggests a theoretical approach to understanding women’s inclusion and exclusion from knowledge creation in organisations.
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