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Managing specialised knowledge in technopreneurial firms : the Australian experience

Mohannak, Kavoos & Matthews, Judy H. (2011) Managing specialised knowledge in technopreneurial firms : the Australian experience. In Huizingh, K, Conn, S, Torkkeli, M, & Bitran, I (Eds.) XXII ISPIM Conference : Organizational Future Orientation, 12 – 15 June, 2011, Hamburg, Germany.

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Abstract

Technology-oriented young firms play an important role for innovation and commercialisation of new ideas. These firms are often founded by engineers, scientists or academics who posses great scientific/technological knowledge, but limited know-how in other aspects of managing a business including knowledge management. Successful managing and integrating their specialised knowledge is of particular importance when it comes to developing a new product or process. This article therefore focuses on the particularities of the knowledge management process in technopreneurial firms. Using a qualitative investigation from a sample of Australian SMEs, a number of key observations are derived which show the challenges of managing knowledge and how important knowledge management is as a management tool for R&D and innovation process in technology-oriented SMEs. Findings suggest that knowledge management and integration processes in these firms are very much project focused and mainly based on ad hoc and informal processes and not embedded within the overall organisational routines.

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ID Code: 42497
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Keywords: SMEs, Knowledge Management Practice, Knowledge Utilisation, Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Integration
ISBN: 9789522650924
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Entrepreneurship (150304)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Innovation and Technology Management (150307)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 08 Jul 2011 11:34
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2011 07:22

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