Combinational and Dislocated Knowledge and the Norwegian Client Consultant Relationship

G Rusten, H Gammelsater, John Bryson

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This article makes two contributions to the literature on producer services. First, the 'knowledge combinational' problem of small firms is identified and explored in relation to the interplay of forms of internal and external expertise and knowledge. Second, the role geographic distance plays in a company decision to employ a particular consultant is explored. The importance, in specific situations, of forms of dislocated expertise or knowledge is identified. By this is meant external expertise that is removed from the clients local social milieu. The article is based on detailed case studies of two small Norwegian companies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-170
Number of pages16
JournalThe Service Industries Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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