This paper present some results of a comparative case study dealing with European research centers specialized in the petro-chemicals industry. We intend to stress a specific issue which limits the use of the KM system: the way people deal with the responsibility involved in knowledge transfer. We would like to explain why the limited and selective nature of data transfer is a condition for sharing knowledge. It allows for reducing the uncertainty linked to the potential use of knowledge. Such results go against the idea that knowledge transfer can be made completely public and transparent.
Rot.G, Socio-Économie du Travail n°25 (Économies et Sociétés, tome XXXIX), avril 2005, p.675-698.