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Linking individual-level knowledge sourcing to project-level contributions in large r&d-driven product-development projects

This paper focuses on the link between individuals' knowledge sourcing and their creative contributions, such as new ideas and solutions in R&D-driven product-development projects; creative contributions were both self- and peer-assessed. The paper reveals that, for individuals, knowledge sources internal to the organization were generally regarded as more important than external knowledge sources. However, external parties such as customers, partners, and suppliers constitute the knowledge source that best predicted creative contributions at the project level. Informal external contacts were deemed the least important knowledge source by individuals; however, this was positively related to self-assessed creative contributions. The paper thus finds that there is a discrepancy between the knowledge sources deemed important by individuals and the sources that are associated with creative contributions at the project level.
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