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
Date Written: January 1, 2010
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
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