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Diversity in Knowledge Management : A Cultural Approach

Mohannak, Kavoos (2011) Diversity in Knowledge Management : A Cultural Approach. Economic Research Center, Graduate School of Economics, Nagoya University, Japan. [Working Paper]

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Abstract

This paper reviews diversity in knowledge management (KM) from a cultural perspective; it argues that culturally embedded theories and practices influence the practice of knowledge management. It further presents and analyses several case studies and in particular a case study of the Islamic culture focusing on its traditional approach to both Islamic knowledge and management. The analysis of this case reveals the cultural challenges that emerge in the process of applying essentially Western management theories within an Islamic culture with particular reference to knowledge management theories. The paper concludes that the concept of knowledge management must take into account the diversity of national culture in which the organization exists and that the concept of knowledge management will benefit from a diversity perspective rather than a universality perspective.

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ID Code: 46887
Item Type: Working Paper
Keywords: Knowledge Management, Cross Cultural Diversity, Universalism, Islamic Culture, Islamic Management and Knowledge
Subjects: 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 author
Deposited On: 08 Nov 2011 16:45
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2011 16:45

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