The Value of Sustainable Knowledge Transfer Methods for SMEs, Utilizing Socio-Technical Networks and Complex Systems

Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 40-45, 2010

6 Pages Posted: 21 Feb 2011

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Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

Suthida Jamsai-Whyte

Ubon Ratchathani Unversity - Faculty of Management Science

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

This paper will examine the development of sustainable SME methods for tracking tacit (informal) knowledge transfer as a series of networks of larger complex system. Understanding sustainable systems begins with valuing tacit knowledge networks and their ability to produce connections on multiple levels. The behaviour of the social or socio-technical aspects of a system in relation to the explicit formal/physical structures need to be understood and actively considered when utilizing methodologies for interacting within complex systems structures.

This paper utilizes theory from several previous studies to underpin the key case study discussed. This approach involved examining the behavioural phenomena of an SME knowledge network. The knowledge network elements were highlighted to identify their value within an SME structure. To understand the value of these emergent elements from between tacit and explicit knowledge networks, is to actively, simultaneously and continuous support sustainable development for SME organizations. The simultaneous links within and between groups of organizations is crucial for understanding sustainable networking structures of complex systems.

Keywords: Knowledge management, tacit knowledge, knowledge transfer, socio-technical networks, complex systems, case study

JEL Classification: D21, D81, L20, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Nousala, Susu and Jamsai-Whyte, Suthida, The Value of Sustainable Knowledge Transfer Methods for SMEs, Utilizing Socio-Technical Networks and Complex Systems (2010). Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Vol. 8, No. 6, pp. 40-45, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1762904

Susu Nousala (Contact Author)

Aalto University ( email )

P.O. Box 21210
Aalto, FI-00076
Finland

University of Melbourne ( email )

Parkville
Melbourne, 3000
Australia

Suthida Jamsai-Whyte

Ubon Ratchathani Unversity - Faculty of Management Science ( email )

Ubon
Thailand

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