Knowledge management in an SME

Delahaye, Brian L. (2005) Knowledge management in an SME. International Journal of Organisational Behaviour, 9(3), pp. 604-614.


This paper examines the knowledge management processes used in a small-to-medium enterprise (SME). The SME, Pacific Lifestyle Publishing, is a highly successful Australian publishing company that produces nine narrow-market niche magazines. Underpinning the successful management of knowledge in PLP was a unique organisational culture that had a dual focus. Further, at the more obvious level, PLP used a number of ordinary management processes (Stacey 1996), such as strategic management, selection and control systems, to manage and proselytise its core competencies. In addition, PLP encouraged creativity, both in its day-to-day activities and also in identifying and implementing new strategic opportunities. To manage this creativity, PLP used extraordinary management processes (Stacey 1996), such as self organising groups and a unique five step process to introduce new knowledge into the organisation. Overall, the organisation successfully managed its day-to-day activities, the creativity of staff and its culture to achieve what Stacey (2001) called a state of bounded instability. Achieving this state of bounded instability was the foundation of the success of PLP.

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ID Code: 6536
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
Additional Information: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: knowledge management, workplace learning, human resource development, training, small business learning, systems theory in organisations, organisational learning, learning organisation
ISSN: 1440-5377
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Human Resources Management (150305)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 (The author)
Deposited On: 09 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:12

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