Challenges of knowledge integration in small and medium enterprises

Mohannak, Kavoos (2014) Challenges of knowledge integration in small and medium enterprises. Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal, 6(1), pp. 66-82.

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Abstract

This study attempts to develop a better understanding of the challenges of knowledge integration (KI) within the innovation process in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Using several case studies, this study investigates how knowledge integration may be managed within the context of innovation in SMEs. The research places particular focus on identifying the challenges of knowledge integration in SMEs in relation to three aspects of knowledge integration activities, namely knowledge identification, knowledge acquisition, and knowledge sharing. Four distinct tasks emerged in the knowledge integration process, namely team building capability, capturing tacit knowledge, role of knowledge management (KM) systems, and technological systemic integration. The paper suggests that managing knowledge integration in SMEs can be best managed by focusing on these four tasks, which in turn will lead to innovation.

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ID Code: 68795
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Knowledge Integration , Knowledge Acquisition, SMEs, Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Identification
ISSN: 2073-7904
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Small Business Management (150314)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 The Author
Deposited On: 20 Mar 2014 00:46
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 04:45

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