The Importance of SME Knowledge Network Training: A Key to Organizational Sustainability

International Journal of Strategic Management, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2010

7 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2011 Last revised: 17 Jan 2012

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Susu Nousala

Aalto University; University of Melbourne

Suthida Jamsai-Whyte

Ubon Ratchathani Unversity - Faculty of Management Science

Date Written: January 1, 2010

Abstract

This paper will examine specific elements of knowledge transfer methods that SMEs themselves need to become aware of, identify with in their organizations and actively encourage. The understanding, identification and facilitation of knowledge network transfers create the basis for sustainable organizational knowledge structures. SMEs are not a cohesive group and can be particularly economically vulnerable, making it difficult for policy makers and educators to target and actively support this group. Successful SME programs with regards to education and training have been top down approaches, with inconsistent results. The break from the traditional top down approach can enhance an all elements of an industry sector by beginning to empower and train SMEs to build their own sustainable knowledge networks. Enhancement of an entire supply chain begins with the SME as an individual element.

Keywords: knowledge transfer methods, SME knowledge networks, sustainable knowledge structures

Suggested Citation

Nousala, Susu and Jamsai-Whyte, Suthida, The Importance of SME Knowledge Network Training: A Key to Organizational Sustainability (January 1, 2010). International Journal of Strategic Management, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1868807

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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