Organizational structure features supporting knowledge management processes

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Título: Organizational structure features supporting knowledge management processes
Autor/es: Claver-Cortés, Enrique | Zaragoza Sáez, Patrocinio del Carmen | Pertusa-Ortega, Eva
Grupo/s de investigación o GITE: Estrategia Competitiva, Diseño Organizativo, Gestión de la Calidad y Gestión Medioambiental | Dirección Estratégica de Empresas en China e India (CHINDIA)
Centro, Departamento o Servicio: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Organización de Empresas
Palabras clave: Knowledge management | Knowledge processes | Organizational structures | Competitive advantage | Spain
Área/s de conocimiento: Organización de Empresas
Fecha de creación: 2007
Fecha de publicación: 2007
Editor: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Cita bibliográfica: CLAVER CORTÉS, Enrique; ZARAGOZA SÁEZ, Patrocinio del Carmen; PERTUSA ORTEGA, Eva María. "Organizational structure features supporting knowledge management processes". Journal of Knowledge Management. Vol. 11, No. 4 (2007). ISSN 1367-3270, pp. 45-57
Resumen: Purpose – The idea that knowledge management can be a potential source of competitive advantage has gained strength in the last few years. However, a number of business actions are needed to generate an appropriate environment and infrastructure for knowledge creation, transfer and application. Among these actions there stands out the design of an organizational structure, the link of which with knowledge management is the main concern here. More specifically, the present paper has as its aim to identify the characteristics of organizational structure that facilitate the development of knowledge management processes. Design/methodology/approach – The research strategy used to achieve this aim is the multiple case study method, which has been applied to six Spanish firms of recognized international prestige characterized by their excellence and proactivity in matters of knowledge. Findings – In general terms, the results show that these companies adopt flexible, increasingly flat organizational forms with fewer hierarchical levels which not only allow but also encourage communication and teamwork among staff members so that everybody can interact more easily. This makes it possible for employees to take better advantage of their competencies, generating organizational routines and increasing the value of their contributions thanks to the freedom of action they are given. Originality/value – The main contribution made in this paper lies in the fact that, from a study of business practices, it describes the way in which certain Spanish companies construct knowledge socially and orient their behavior through their organizational structure.
ISSN: 1367-3270
DOI: 10.1108/13673270710762701
Idioma: eng
Tipo: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Revisión científica: si
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