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Knowledge management in SMEs: A literature review
Institute for Entrepreneurship, University of Liechtenstein, Vaduz, Principality of Liechtenstein.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8469-2427
School of Business, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Knowledge Management, ISSN 1367-3270, Vol. 16, no 6, 879-903 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: The aim of this paper is to review research on knowledge management in small and medium-sized enterprises to identify gaps in the current body of knowledge, which justify future research directions. Design/methodology/approach: The study consists of a systematic review of 36-refereed empirical articles on knowledge management and small and medium-sized enterprises. Findings: The areas of knowledge management implementation, knowledge management perception, and knowledge transfer are relatively well researched topics; whereas those of knowledge identification, knowledge storage/retention and knowledge utilisation are poorly understood. Given the prevalence of small and medium-sized enterprises there is a strong need for more research on this important topic. The future research directions proposed by the authors may help to develop a greater understanding of knowledge management in small and medium-sized enterprises. Research limitations/implications: By only using the ProQuest database this study may not have allowed a complete coverage of all empirical articles in the field of knowledge management in small and medium-sized enterprises. Yet, it is believed that the findings provide a valuable understanding of the current situation in this research field. The study proposes a number of future research directions, which may stimulate more intensive research in this important field. Originality/value: To the best of the authors' knowledge, no systematic literature review on this topic has previously been published in academic journals. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2012. Vol. 16, no 6, 879-903 p.
Keyword [en]
Entrepreneurship, Knowledge management, Research, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Systematic review
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10025DOI: 10.1108/13673271211276173ISI: 000312054600003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84868011139OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10025DiVA: diva2:750751
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-29 Last updated: 2014-12-16Bibliographically approved

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