To read the full version of this content please select one of the options below:

A cultural perspective on knowledge management: the success story of Sarkuysan company

Dilek Zamantılı Nayır (Department of Business Administration in German Language, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey)
Ülkü Uzunçarşılı (Department of Business Administration in German Language, Marmara University, Istanbul, Turkey)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 4 April 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how effective knowledge management practices combined with a unique corporate culture have enabled the company Sarkuysan to cope with the challenges it has faced throughout the years and made it an extremely successful company.

Design/methodology/approach

A company case was chosen to explain the influences of cultural determinants on the success of knowledge management. This objective was achieved by conducting several interviews with the top managers of the company.

Findings

The findings of the article are, that effective knowledge management practices combined with a unique corporate culture can enable companies to instill a lasting knowledge management culture.

Research limitations/implications

The article is based on a case study, which limits the possibility of making general conclusions. Whereas many studies discuss knowledge management primarily as an IT problem, this study focuses on the topic as a cultural issue.

Practical implications

Most current literature on knowledge management deals with multinational companies with Western management structures. This article describes how knowledge management is applied in an emerging market context, which does not necessarily share the culture, structures and ideals of the organizations on which current theories are based.

Originality/value

This article focuses on the concept of knowledge as a cultural issue, rather than a problem that can be solved by sophisticated information technology infrastructures. The paper deals with a firm from an emerging market/country, i.e. Turkey.

Keywords

Citation

Zamantılı Nayır, D. and Uzunçarşılı, Ü. (2008), "A cultural perspective on knowledge management: the success story of Sarkuysan company", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 141-155. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270810859578

Publisher

:

Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2008, Emerald Group Publishing Limited