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Title: Organizational prerequisites for knowledge creation and sharing: empirical evidence from Serbia
Authors: Stojanović-Aleksic V.
Eric Nielsen, Jelena
Bošković A.
Issue Date: 2019
Abstract: © 2019, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: Being mindful of the importance of organizational structure and organizational culture for knowledge management in companies, the purpose of this study is to investigate the organizational prerequisites for creating and sharing knowledge. The goals are to determine whether and to what extent the attributes of organic structure contribute to the creation and sharing of knowledge and to show that an organizational culture which supports knowledge stimulates the processes of knowledge creation and sharing. Design/methodology/approach: The data for the empirical study was obtained through a survey of 150 respondents, employed in 30 companies from several industries, in the Republic of Serbia. The questionnaire was adapted to the needs of the study and was developed based on the theoretical knowledge and findings of several previous studies on processes of knowledge creation and knowledge sharing. A regression method was used to test all hypotheses. Findings: The results show that both the organic structure and the organizational culture that support knowledge have positive effects on knowledge creation, while knowledge sharing is positively influenced only by the knowledge supporting culture of an organization. Originality/value: This study contributes to organization studies and knowledge management theory because of the holistic approach taken with regards to the issue involved and the fact that it takes into account a large number of the significant characteristics of organizational structure and culture that are relevant to knowledge management processes. The findings could prove useful to managers when structuring an organization and shaping its culture to enhance knowledge management.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1108/JKM-05-2018-0286
ISSN: 1367-3270
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-85073989504
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Economics, Kragujevac

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