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Intrinsic vs. extrinsic: Motivations for knowledge sharing in law firms

Do you know what drives your fee earners to share their knowledge? ?In the first of two articles, Hélène Russell reveals what her ?research uncovered

26 March 2014

There are a range of barriers to knowledge sharing within law firms. Some of these are of law firms’ own making and are embedded within their standard business practices, while others are the result of complex forces from within and without the firm.

My year-long research project as part of my MBA sought to understand why, when there are so often powerful factors discouraging fee earners from sharing their knowledge, many continue to share. This gave me valuable information on how law firms can restructure their business practices to encourage knowledge sharing and maximise their competitive advantage.

This series of two articles provides an overview of my findings, covering:

  1. why law firms should care about knowledge sharing;

  2. what the common barriers to knowledge sharing are and what existing research has shown;...

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