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    Does knowledge management really matter? Linking knowledge management practices, competitiveness and economic performance


    Andreeva, Tatiana and Kianto, Aino (2012) Does knowledge management really matter? Linking knowledge management practices, competitiveness and economic performance. Journal of Knowledge Management, 16 (4). pp. 617-636. ISSN 1367-3270

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    Abstract

    Purpose – While nowadays an extensive literature promoting knowledge management (KM) exists, there is a worrying shortage of empirical studies demonstrating an actual connection between KM activities and organizational outcomes. To bridge this gap, this paper aims to examine the link between KM practices, firm competitiveness and economic performance. Design/methodology/approach – This paper proposes a framework of KM practices consisting of human resource management (HRM) and information communication technology (ICT). These both are hypothesized to impact competitiveness and economic performance of the firm. Hypotheses are then tested with structural equation modeling by using a survey dataset of 234 companies. Findings – The results show that HRM and ICT practices for managing knowledge are quite strongly correlated and have a statistically significant influence on both financial performance and competitiveness of the firm. The findings also indicate that ICT practices improve financial performance only when they are coupled with HRM practices. Research limitations/implications – The data are limited to companies from Finland, Russia and China. Practical implications – The paper contributes to managerial practice by pointing out the importance of utilizing a combination of both social and technical means for KM and illustrating that they do matter for the company bottom line. Originality/value – This paper contributes to the literature on knowledge-based organizing by empirically analyzing the performance impact of various areas of KM. It thereby tests the proposition put forth in many previous theoretical and case-based studies that KM promotes high organizational performance. It also addresses the interaction of social and technical KM practices in producing organizational outcomes.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive published version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1108/13673271211246185
    Keywords: Knowledge management; Knowledge management practices; Performance; Economic performance; Competitiveness; Socio-technical; Human resource management; Information communication technology; Communication technologies;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 7050
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1108/13673271211246185
    Depositing User: Tatiana Andreeva
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2016 16:10
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Knowledge Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
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