The role of weak ties in enhancing knowledge work

Boyang Zhang, Hannu Kärkkäinen, Jayesh Gupta, Karan Menon

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    The purpose of this research paper is to explore the collaboration in knowledge worker's performance from the organizational perspective and decompose most relevant contributing factors. A systematic literature review based on Fink's model [1] was conducted, 22 key journal articles were selected for further analysis. This research sheds light on the use of weak ties in knowledge workers' related tasks, seeking answers towards what context knowledge workers can make use of weak ties in their tasks and for what purposes. A constructive pattern is built to advance some effective measures in knowledge work. Since the focus of the study was on knowledge work-related tasked, there is a possibility that dissimilar evaluations would have arisen if the focus had been on non-knowledge work relevant tasks. This study has gone some way towards enhancing organizations' understanding of the significance of weak ties in knowledge workers' performance. The originality of this paper lies in taking a new look at opportunities of weak ties towards knowledge workers, revisit the significance of weak ties.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st International Academic Mindtrek Conference
    Subtitle of host publicationSeptember 20-21, 2017, Tampere, Finland
    Place of PublicationTampere
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-5426-4
    Publication statusPublished - 22 Sept 2017
    Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
    EventInternational Academic Mindtrek Conference -
    Duration: 28 Sept 2017 → …


    ConferenceInternational Academic Mindtrek Conference
    Period28/09/17 → …


    • Weak Ties
    • Knowledge Workers
    • Organizations
    • Measuring Knowledge Work
    • Knowledge Work

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Business,Management and Accounting


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