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Iran aerospace industries' KM approach based on a comparative study: a benchmarking on successful practices

Mostafa Jafari (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Peyman Akhavan (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mehdi N. Fesharaki (Computer Department, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Fathian (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 30 January 2007

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Abstract

Purpose

The main objective of this paper is to develop a knowledge management (KM)approach in Iran aerospace industries based on the findings through the analysis of successful practices in KM area.

Design/methodology/approach

A qualitative case study technique has been used in this paper for data collection and analysis. For that, “grounded theory” research approach has been selected by which the collected data from successful organizations in KM adoption are categorized and analyzed. The extracted concepts were deployed in Iran aerospace industries to present a KM approach through benchmarking.

Findings

The overall results from the case studies analysis were positive, thus reflecting the appropriateness for benchmarking. The extracted concepts clarify how to develop KM approach in an organization. This approach has been applied in a large case study in Iran and is supported by practical implementation in Aerospace Industries Organization (AIO), one of the most important high‐tech industries in Iran.

Practical implications

This paper provides a helpful roadmap for practitioners in implementing KM through out the organizations and especially in large‐scale ones. This helps to ensure that the essential issues are covered during design and implementation phase. For academics, it provides a common language for them to deploy a KM approach in the organizations.

Originality/value

This study is probably the first to provide a benchmarked integrated KM approach based on the critical success factors extracted by analysis in a multi case study research. This study further opens up new lines of research and highlights implications for KM efforts through benchmarking. It gives valuable information and guidelines which hopefully will help the leaders to deploy KM in their organizations.

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Citation

Jafari, M., Akhavan, P., Fesharaki, M.N. and Fathian, M. (2007), "Iran aerospace industries' KM approach based on a comparative study: a benchmarking on successful practices", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 79 No. 1, pp. 69-78. https://doi.org/10.1108/00022660710720511

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2007, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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