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Evaluating the effect of knowledge risks on sustainability: the mediating role of organizational performance

Rabih Adib El Khatib (Department of Business Administration, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon)
AlaaEldine Abbass Ali (Department of Business Administration, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 10 October 2022

Issue publication date: 28 November 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the links between knowledge risks, organizational performance and knowledge-intensive firms (KIFs)' sustainability.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire was administered with a sample of 427 respondents from Lebanon. The gathered data were analyzed using SEM approach.

Findings

The empirical evidence confirms the potential role of knowledge risks in reducing the sustainability of firms. Furthermore, organizational performance was revealed to partially mediate the relationship between knowledge risks and sustainability.

Practical implications

The study's findings inspire managers of KIFs to use effective knowledge management practices to mitigate potential knowledge risks.

Originality/value

Knowledge risks and knowledge risk management are still unexplored in the literature. This paper is a pioneering study that advances the knowledge management field by emphasizing the significance of knowledge risks and their influence on the performance and sustainability of KIFs in Lebanon, a country with a culture distinct from that of Western contexts.

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Citation

El Khatib, R.A. and Ali, A.A. (2022), "Evaluating the effect of knowledge risks on sustainability: the mediating role of organizational performance", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 41 No. 9/10, pp. 496-513. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMD-01-2022-0006

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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