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Knowledge Management and Its Challenges in Global Business

Knowledge Management and Its Challenges in Global Business
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Author(s): Harish C. Chandan (Argosy University, USA)
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 26
Source title: Cultural and Technological Influences on Global Business
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Bryan Christiansen (PryMarke, LLC, USA), Ekaterina Turkina (HEC Montreal, Canada) and Nigel Williams (Bournemouth University, UK)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3966-9.ch016

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Abstract

Knowledge Management (KM) is an organization-wide, strategic change management initiative dealing with people, processes, and Information Communication Technology (ICT) to achieve a competitive advantage through learning, productivity improvement, and innovation. Based on the current literature review of KM and its challenges in global business, a general framework for KM in terms of leadership, organization, and ICT is proposed. The role of leadership includes developing an international strategy for KM, executing strategic change management, practicing a mix of transformational and transactional leadership style, and developing KM performance metrics. The organizational parameters include learning, processes, culture, and organizational structure. ICT plays a crucial role in the learning and processes to acquire, store, share, and apply knowledge. Some of the KM challenges in global business include global leadership competencies and strategy, project-based flexible global virtual teams, global knowledge integration, and working with ICT gaps across different economies.

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