Knowledge management for SME-based regional clusters
Mason, Cecily, Castleman, Tanya and Parker, Craig 2004, Knowledge management for SME-based regional clusters, in Collector 2004 : Proceedings of the 2004 Collecter E-Commerce Conference, [CollECTeR Conference on Electronic Commerce], [Adelaide, S. Aust.].
This paper considers the need for knowledge management (KM) in regional clusters comprising many small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the appropriate KM techniques for this form of economic organisation. Information and communication technologies offer a range of tools to help such clusters develop into electronically-linked eClusters, making KM possible on a scale not previously possible. Most KM techniques have been developed by large organisations and their relevance to SME-based clusters has received little attention. Based on our analysis of the literature, we conclude that KM approaches based on personalised rather than codified information are the most promising model for regionally-based eClusters and that Communities of Practice arising from open forms of internet collaboration are most likely to be successful in this environment. Future research will identify key issues and appropriate techniques for supporting regional clusters with electronic systems for KM.
Field of Research
150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective
970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
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