TitleTowards Shared Understanding: Suggesting Principles for Boundary Objects’ Use in Innovation Communities
Publication Type04. Conference Papers
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMarheineke, M., Rabes K., Doll B., & Möslein K. M.
Conference NameMultikonferenz Wirtschaftsinformatik (MKWI)
Conference LocationIlmenau
KeywordsBoundary objects
AbstractIn 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 develop a foundation for these principles. Afterwards we empirically validate the suggested principles in a field study. Results indicate 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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