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Knowledge domain and innovation behaviour: A framework to conceptualize KMSs in small and medium enterprises

Silvia Massa (Department of Communication, Computer and System Science, University of Genova, Genova, Italy)
Stefania Testa (Department of Communication, Computer and System Science, University of Genova, Genova, Italy)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to develop a categorization framework for knowledge management systems in small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Framework dimensions have been identified as company knowledge domain (organization, marketing and technology) and company innovation behaviour (high and low).

Design/methodology/approach

The framework is derived by means of a qualitative approach based on a set of 20 case studies. The cases regard Italian SMEs in the food sector.

Findings

Data seem to suggest that knowledge domain and innovation behaviour permit significant distinctions between different kinds of knowledge management systems (KMSs). The features of these KMSs as configurations of technical, organizational and managerial tools are described in this paper with reference to the main knowledge process they are intended to support.

Originality/value

The research provides a variety of insights into new ways of conceptualizing KMSs. Moreover, the paper provides some practical examples of successful implementation of KMSs in SMEs.

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Citation

Massa, S. and Testa, S. (2011), "Knowledge domain and innovation behaviour: A framework to conceptualize KMSs in small and medium enterprises", VINE, Vol. 41 No. 4, pp. 483-504. https://doi.org/10.1108/03055721111188557

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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