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Boundary spanning

About: Boundary spanning is a research topic. Over the lifetime, 1068 publications have been published within this topic receiving 38809 citations.


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TL;DR: The premise that knowledge in new product development proves both a barrier to and a source of innovation is explored, with a pragmatic view of 'knowledge in practice' developed, describing knowledge as localized, embedded, and invested within a function and how consequences often arise that generate problematic knowledge boundaries.
Abstract: This study explores the premise that knowledge in new product development proves both a barrier to and a source of innovation. To understand the problematic nature of knowledge and the boundaries that result, an ethnographic study was used to understand how knowledge is structured differently across the four primary functions that are dependent on each other in the creation and production of a high-volume product. A pragmatic view of 'knowledge in practice' is developed, describing knowledge as localized, embedded, and invested within a function and how, when working across functions, consequences often arise that generate problematic knowledge boundaries. The use of a boundary object is then described as a means of representing, learning about, and transforming knowledge to resolve the consequences that exist at a given boundary. Finally, this pragmatic view of knowledge and boundaries is proposed as a framework to revisit the differentiation and integration of knowledge.

3,248 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors explored what leaders of action teams do to promote speaking up and other proactive coordination behaviors, as well as how organizational context may affect these team processes and outcomes.
Abstract: This paper examines learning in interdisciplinary action teams. Research on team effectiveness has focused primarily on single-discipline teams engaged in routine production tasks and, less often, on interdisciplinary teams engaged in discussion and management rather than action. The resulting models do not explain differences in learning in interdisciplinary action teams. Members of these teams must coordinate action in uncertain, fast-paced situations, and the extent to which they are comfortable speaking up with observations, questions, and concerns may critically influence team outcomes. To explore what leaders of action teams do to promote speaking up and other proactive coordination behaviours – as well as how organizational context may affect these team processes and outcomes – I analysed qualitative and quantitative data from 16 operating room teams learning to use a new technology for cardiac surgery. Team leader coaching, ease of speaking up, and boundary spanning were associated with successful technology implementation. The most effective leaders helped teams learn by communicating a motivating rationale for change and by minimizing concerns about power and status differences to promote speaking up in the service of learning.

1,384 citations

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TL;DR: The creation, elaboration, and functions of boundary spanning roles are examined, with attention to environmental and technological sources of variation in the structure of boundary roles.
Abstract: Boundaries are a defining characteristic of organizations, and boundary roles are the link between the environment and the organization. The creation, elaboration, and functions of boundary spanning roles are examined, with attention to environmental and technological sources of variation in the structure of boundary roles. Eleven hypotheses integrate the material reviewed and are amenable to empirical test. Future research should overcome problems created when organizations are treated as “wholes” or single entities.

1,311 citations

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TL;DR: This paper investigates how an organizational competence in boundary spanning emerges in practice by drawing on the concepts of boundary spanner and boundary object, and shows how boundary spanners-in-practice use various organizational and professional resources including the influence that comes with being nominated to boundary Spanners' roles to create the new joint field.
Abstract: This paper investigates how an organizational competence in boundary spanning emerges in practice by drawing on the concepts of boundary spanner and boundary object. Using data from two qualitative field studies, we argue that in order for boundary spanning to emerge a new joint field of practice must be produced. Our data illustrate that some agents partially transform their practices in local settings so as to accommodate the interests of their counterparts. While negotiating the new joint field, these agents become what we call boundary spanners-in-practice who produce and use objects which become locally useful and which acquire a common identity-hence, boundary objects-in-use. Moreover, we show how boundary spanners-in-practice use various organizational and professional resources including the influence that comes with being nominated to boundary spanners' roles to create the new joint field. The conditions necessary for boundary spanners-in-practice to emerge are outlined and discussed, as are important implications for IS implementation and use.

1,154 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, an investigation of alternative mechanisms by which information is imported into organizations indicates that informational boundary spanning is accomplished only by those individuals who are well-known and well-connected.
Abstract: An investigation of alternative mechanisms by which information is imported into organizations indicates that informational boundary spanning is accomplished only by those individuals who are well ...

1,058 citations


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No. of papers in the topic in previous years
YearPapers
202332
202281
202164
202058
201974
201866