Distance and knowledge hiding in academic collaborations
International Society for Professional Innovation Management
School of Business and Law
Academic collaborations are not without challenges, particularly so with collaborators located in different countries or regions. As with the case of international collaborations, distance dimensions such as geographical, technological and cultural distances may play significant roles in promoting or inhibiting successful collaborations between academics. While much effort has been devoted to exploring the benefit of knowledge sharing, knowledge hiding has not been extensively discussed in the literature. The focus of the study is thus to explore different types of distances and their effect on knowledge hiding in academic collaborations. In an attempt to address this, we develop a framework that considers the different types of distance dimensions and knowledge hiding. We then attempt to empirically investigate the influence of the different distance dimensions, i.e. cultural, geographical, and technological distance, on knowledge hiding in academic collaborations.