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Impact of information technologies and social networks on knowledge management processes in Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies

Jurgita Raudeliuniene (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania)
Ekaterina Albats (Stanford University Graduate School of Education, Cupertino, California, USA)
Mirna Kordab (Department of Business Technologies and Entrepreneurship, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Vilnius, Lithuania)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 4 November 2020

Issue publication date: 24 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the impact of information technologies and technology-enabled social networks on the efficiency of knowledge management processes in the Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies.

Design/methodology/approach

Scientific literature analysis, structural equation modeling and expert evaluation (structured questionnaire) were used to develop the research model, collect data from the audit and consulting companies’ experts and test the research hypotheses.

Findings

The empirical results of this research supported the hypotheses stating that information technologies and social networks positively affect the knowledge management cycle, including five processes (acquisition, creation, storage, sharing and application) within the Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies.

Research limitations/implications

The research results were generated from the Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies, which form a limitation concerning the geographical area and the business sector.

Practical implications

From the results of this study, audit and consulting companies, as well as organizations and society broadly, would benefit via the positive effect of information technologies and technology-enabled social networks on the whole knowledge management cycle, which has a further impact on organizational performance. These practical implications are related to a more open, sharing culture that drives organizational performance to the members and stakeholders of organizations, which, in turn, benefits society.

Originality/value

This research analyzes information technologies and technology-enabled social networks’ impact on knowledge management processes, particularly in the context of the Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies. While the phenomena have received some attention in the prior scientific research, the studied context so far remained under-researched, where a gap is found in studying the knowledge management cycle as a whole.

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Citation

Raudeliuniene, J., Albats, E. and Kordab, M. (2021), "Impact of information technologies and social networks on knowledge management processes in Middle Eastern audit and consulting companies", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 871-898. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-03-2020-0168

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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