Knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and SMEs: evolution, antecedents, outcomes and directions

Anand, Amitabh, Muskat, Birgit, Creed, Andrew, Zutshi, Ambika and Csepregi, Aniko 2021, Knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and SMEs: evolution, antecedents, outcomes and directions, Personnel review, pp. 1-21, doi: 10.1108/PR-05-2020-0372.

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Title Knowledge sharing, knowledge transfer and SMEs: evolution, antecedents, outcomes and directions
Author(s) Anand, Amitabh
Muskat, BirgitORCID iD for Muskat, Birgit orcid.org/0000-0003-2905-6836
Creed, AndrewORCID iD for Creed, Andrew orcid.org/0000-0002-1682-7956
Zutshi, AmbikaORCID iD for Zutshi, Ambika orcid.org/0000-0002-0982-5303
Csepregi, Aniko
Journal name Personnel review
Start page 1
End page 21
Total pages 21
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2021-01-07
ISSN 0048-3486
1758-6933
Keyword(s) Social Sciences
Industrial Relations & Labor
Psychology, Applied
Management
Business & Economics
Psychology
Knowledge sharing
Knowledge transfer
Knowledge management
SMEs
Bibliometric analysis
Systematic literature review
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Summary Purpose The purpose of this paper is to systematically synthesize the extant literature of knowledge sharing (KS) and knowledge transfer (KT) in the small and medium enterprise (SME) context and to contribute with predictions of emerging themes. Design/methodology/approach Applied is a systematic literature review using three bibliometric techniques: (1) textual analysis for keywords and abstracts to identify the research hotspots, (2) co-citation analysis of references to identify the evolution of KS and KT in SME and (3) bibliographic coupling analysis of documents to synthesize antecedents and outcomes. Findings A conceptual map emerges from the review to reveal the antecedents of KS and KT at the individual, group and organizational levels. The analysis shows the strategic importance of KS and KT for the SME context. Specific findings include: (1) KS and KT are involved in enhancing SMEs strategic focus for human resources, including organizational learning, customer relations, creativity, higher profit and positive effects on operational processes and decision-making. (2) Innovation, trust and performance are identified as central human factors linked to KS and KT in SMEs. (3) Human resource (HR) management research could contribute to KS and KT in the SME domain by exploring KS- and KT-based practices, linking the emergence of innovation and innovative behaviors to these practices, leading to a better understanding of strategies that enable the long-term storage and retrieval of tacit and explicit knowledge as organizational memory in the SME context. Originality/value This paper is one of the first to systematically review KS and KT in SMEs and propose a concept map. The research adds value to the growing literature of KS and KT and exposes the need for more specific activities to support SME managers, as well as HR managers, who need to facilitate KS and KT in SMEs.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/PR-05-2020-0372
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Field of Research 1503 Business and Management
1605 Policy and Administration
1701 Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146970

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