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Interdisciplinary Cooperation and Knowledge Creation Quality: A Perspective of Recombinatory Search



Research on the performance of interdisciplinary teams has produced mixed findings. We argue that this debate can be usefully reframed in terms of expertise knowledge disparity and experience knowledge variety. We analyzed 237 papers in top management journals and found that moderate level expertise knowledge disparity produces novel combinations and higher level experience knowledge variety facilitates exchange, which increases the quality of knowledge creation. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.