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    Knowledge Management in Brazil: What Governance Mechanisms are Needed to Boost Innovation?


    Davila, Guillermo Antonio and Andreeva, Tatiana and Varvakis, Gregorio (2019) Knowledge Management in Brazil: What Governance Mechanisms are Needed to Boost Innovation? Management and Organization Review. ISSN 1740-8776

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    Abstract

    The need to innovate is relevant to many firms around the globe and is particularly pressing for those in emerging markets. They face global competition, are under-resourced, and suffer from weaker institutional support. It is suggested that to innovate successfully in this context, indigenous firms would benefit from focusing on managing their current knowledge base more efficiently. We know little about how knowledge management works outside developed economies and which knowledge governance mechanisms have more influence than others in the context of emerging economies. To address this gap, we explore how context may matter for the use of knowledge governance mechanisms and their effect on innovation performance in Brazilian firms. Using the survey data of 109 firms, structural equation modelling, and cluster analysis, our findings suggest that the joint application of knowledge-focused rewards, organizational design, and information and communication technologies that support knowledge processes is critical for boosting innovation performance. We discuss how the peculiarities of the Brazilian context may shape these findings. Our article contributes to the knowledge management and innovation literature by demonstrating that the joint effects of bundles of knowledge governance mechanisms and contextual variables should be explored in order to understand their impact on organizational outcomes.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Brazil; context; innovation; knowledge governance mechanisms; knowledge management;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 11335
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/mor.2019.10
    Depositing User: Tatiana Andreeva
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2019 13:23
    Journal or Publication Title: Management and Organization Review
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press (CUP)
    Refereed: Yes
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