Who is your partner? Knowledge transfer between a large firm and a start-up

Detta är en D-uppsats från Handelshögskolan i Stockholm/Institutionen för företagande och ledning; Handelshögskolan i Stockholm/Institutionen för marknadsföring och strategi

Sammanfattning: As cooperative agreements between larger firms and start-ups continue to surge in the era of digitalization, the knowledge transfer between two such parties become increasingly important to understand. This thesis aims to shed light on how the inter-organizational dynamics between a large firm and a start-up affect knowledge transfer in the context of digitalization, covering power relations, trust and risk, structures and mechanisms, and finally social ties. In order to address the empirical and theoretical research gap that currently exists within the field of study, the "Inter-organizational knowledge transfer" framework proposed by Easterby-Smith, Lyles and Tsang (2008) is used. In the interest of acquiring information that was adequately in-depth, a qualitative single-case study focusing on the financial services industry in the Nordics was chosen as the method of choice. As a result, this thesis provides insight into knowledge transfer and the four inter-organizational dynamics between a large firm and a start-up and further suggests that the factor "facilitator" is added to the framework.

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