‘Knowledge sharing and collective decision-making in hubs’ Has the amount of knowledge sharing a positive impact on the collective decision-making process in hubs?

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The Dutch government aims, with the help of its top sector policy, to be one of the five top economies in the world. By achieving the top sector policy, the Dutch government wants to stimulate research, development, innovation and sustainability. To stimulate this, new types of public-private collaborating are needed because the traditional types of public-private collaborating are superseded. Hubs are this new type of public-private collaborating which involves the government, knowledge institutions, entrepreneurs, organizations and residents of the Netherlands. The members of the hub share besides their individual goals a common goal. Interviews and group sessions with members of three Dutch hubs, who are involved in the collective decision-making process of the hub, are used to gain insight in the behaviour of the collective decision makers of the hub. The three hubs investigated in this paper are Dirk de derde, Gloei and Krachtige kernen. The field research for this paper is mainly based on the conference evolving around circular economy ‘Make Cense’ on the seventh of June 2016 in Peel en Maas, the Netherlands. From the results stemming from the individual and group interviews it is found that several working groups are formed in the researched hubs. Within these working groups is knowledge when the members of a working group have different backgrounds and experiences which they are willing and able to share among the members of the working group, because they trust each other and share a common goal, which result in information symmetry in the working groups. The members of the working group collectively decide on the decisions revealing that theme for the benefit of the achievement of their common goal. These collective decisions are based on agreements. However, a collective decision in the hubs can only be made when knowledge is shared. This makes that the amount of knowledge sharing has an influence on collective decision-making in hubs in the Netherlands.
Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen