Quality Management and collective mind: investigating university R&D from a group focus
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QMCollective mindKnowledgeR&D groups
Cabezas Puges, D.; Gutiérrez Gutierrez, L. and Lloréns Montes, F.J. (2016): “Quality Management and collective mind: investigating university R&D from a group focus”. Technology Analysis & Strategic Management. Vol.28, n.3, pp.305-322.
This article analyses how Quality Management (QM) practices moderate the relationship between collective mind (CM), and knowledge transfer (KT) and absorption in university research and development (R&D) groups. The data are taken from 257 R&D groups in different Spanish universities. The findings show that the relationship between CM and KT is significant when QM is included as a moderating variable because QM permits better communication and fosters stronger ties between group members. In the case of knowledge absorption (KA), however, QM does not have a significant effect. The final section presents the study's conclusions and implications. As no studies have tested these effects empirically, our conclusions are highly relevant for academics and researchers.