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Examining the relationships between organizational culture, knowledge management and environmental responsiveness capability

Peyman Akhavan (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mohamad Ebrahim Sanjaghi (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Jalal Rezaeenour (Faculty of Technology and Engineering, University of Qom, Qom, Iran)
Hamed Ojaghi (Department of Management, Malek Ashtar University of Technology, Tehran, Iran)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 6 May 2014

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Abstract

Purpose

The main aim of this paper is to study the effects of organizational culture on environmental responsiveness capability (ERC), both directly and through the mediation of knowledge management (KM) in selected Iranian Industrial Research Organizations (IIRO). Furthermore, the effects of four types of organizational culture on ERC and KM in the target population are compared.

Design/methodology/approach

Relationships between the ERC, KM and organizational culture are considered using survey data through the structural equation modelling approach. Five-point Likert questionnaire has been used as a tool for measuring variables. The authors sample includes 276 members of 13 selected target organizations whose names are not mentioned due to prior agreement.

Findings

Results show that organizational culture has a positive and significant relationship with ERC, both directly and indirectly through the mediation of KM. Additionally, compared with other types of organizational cultures, innovativeness culture has the highest correlation with ERC, both directly and through KM as a mediating variable. Furthermore, cooperativeness culture has a direct significant relationship with ERC, whereas consistency and effectiveness cultures indirectly have significant and positive relationships with ERC through KM. Therefore, results of this research provide appropriate evidence that ERC can be affected directly by innovativeness culture and KM.

Originality/value

The advantage of this paper compared to other related research is to study on ERC based on cultural and knowledge-related variables. Hence, it can extend the literature of ERC, and it can be useful for the managers who are dealing with industrial research company.

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Citation

Akhavan, P., Ebrahim Sanjaghi, M., Rezaeenour, J. and Ojaghi, H. (2014), "Examining the relationships between organizational culture, knowledge management and environmental responsiveness capability", VINE, Vol. 44 No. 2, pp. 228-248. https://doi.org/10.1108/VINE-07-2012-0026

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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