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An Empirical Investigation of Knowledge Management Styles and Their Effects on Learning Capacity

Management Research

ISSN: 1536-5433

Article publication date: 1 July 2004

Abstract

This paper analyzes how organizations may use different knowledge management styles according to higher or lower emphasis on (1) techno‐structural initiatives for information processing, and (2) behavioral solutions for knowledge sharing by organizational members. As a consequence, the effects of these styles on learning capacity are also different. The empirical analysis of the present study found that knowledge management practices can be categorized into four styles: (1) passive, (2) behavioral, (3) techno‐structural, and (4) active. The active style, which implies superior management of both techno‐structural and behavioral tools of knowledge management has been the most effective in the development of learning capacity. In contrast, the passive style, which implies weak management of both kinds of knowledge management initiatives, results in lower learning capacity. Hence, this work focuses on suggesting and empirically testing a characteristic framework for how a set of knowledge management initiatives interact and influence learning capacity in organizations.

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Citation

Prieto, I.M. and Revilla, E. (2004), "An Empirical Investigation of Knowledge Management Styles and Their Effects on Learning Capacity", Management Research, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 133-146. https://doi.org/10.1108/15365430480000506

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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