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Towards shared understanding: suggesting principles for boundary objects’ use in innovation communities

  • In this paper we suggest principles for boundary objects’ use in innovation communities. The goal of these principles is to effectively conduce a shared understanding. For that reason knowledge boundaries must be overcome. We link the theoretical concepts of (1) the boundary objects classification (Carlile, 2004) and (2) the community learning model of van den Bossche (2011) to set a foundation for these principles. Afterwards we empirically develop principles in a field study. Findings suggest that syntactic boundary objects contribute to construct meaning, semantic boundary objects to co-construction, and pragmatic boundary objects to constructive conflict. We can thus suggest principles for use of boundary objects at the three levels of community learning to effectively establish shared understanding in innovation communities.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Marc Marheineke, Kathrin M. MösleinORCiD
Center:Center for Leading Innovation and Cooperation (CLIC)
Year of Completion:2016
In: Volker Nissen et.al. (eds.). Multikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI) 2016. Ilmenau: Universitätsverlag Ilmenau, 291-302