Re-Designing Knowledge Production in the Post-COVID-19 Era. A Task-Based Approach

29 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2020 Last revised: 3 Feb 2021

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Edoardo Ferrucci

Luiss University of Rome

Francesco Rullani

Ca Foscari University of Venice, Bliss - Digital Impact Lab

Date Written: June 17, 2020

Abstract

This paper seeks to single out what micro-level working activities may be more conducive of faster COVID-19 transmission. We do so from an innovation perspective, knowing that knowledge production has an important component rooted in tacit knowledge, whose sharing is heavily based on physical interaction. Specifically, we hypothesize that communication-intense working activities (including those needed to transfer tacit knowledge) may accelerate COVID-19 contagion, and must be re-designed with more urgency and attention than other working activities that apparently may look as dangerous, such as selling or training. We test this empirically employing data from 9 different sources relative to US Metropolitan Statistical Areas, and confirm our hypothesis, eventually elaborating policy and managerial implications for dealing with innovation (and beyond) during the pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, pandemic, organizational processes, micro tasks, professions

JEL Classification: O32

Suggested Citation

Ferrucci, Edoardo and Rullani, Francesco, Re-Designing Knowledge Production in the Post-COVID-19 Era. A Task-Based Approach (June 17, 2020). Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia Working Paper No. 2, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3629283 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3629283

Edoardo Ferrucci

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