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Learning organizations in emerging economies: the effect of knowledge management on innovative culture in Chilean companies

Juan Acevedo (Department of Innovation, Universidad de los Andes ESE Escuela de Negocios, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile)
Ivan Diaz-Molina (Department of Innovation, Universidad de los Andes ESE Escuela de Negocios, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile)

The Learning Organization

ISSN: 0969-6474

Article publication date: 3 August 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to explore the impact of knowledge management (KM) on the development of an innovative culture in learning organizations from emerging economies.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative study using a survey was carried out, achieving a pooled cross-sectional sample of 10,567 workers, made up of 69 larger Chilean companies.

Findings

Results were analyzed using the exploratory factor analysis and multilevel regression analysis techniques. The findings provide insights into the positive and significant effect of KM – as acquisition, dissemination and responsiveness to knowledge – on innovative culture.

Practical implications

The findings suggest that managers become more successful in their overall innovative efforts when implementing routines of knowledge or know-how practices that generate a learning culture characterized through discovery skills, creativity, empowerment and cooperation.

Originality/value

This is an original study that introduces valuable information on learning organizations in emerging markets, contrasting to traditional literature and frequently focusing on developed countries. This study explains the cultural change in learning organizations through KM’s role, which offers routinization of learning practices to facilitate an innovative culture.

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Citation

Acevedo, J. and Diaz-Molina, I. (2022), "Learning organizations in emerging economies: the effect of knowledge management on innovative culture in Chilean companies", The Learning Organization, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/TLO-01-2021-0009

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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