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Revising the SECI Model for American Organizational Culture

Revising the SECI Model for American Organizational Culture
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Author(s): Jerry Westfall (Liberty University, USA)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 13
Source title: Building Organizational Memories: Will You Know What You Knew?
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): John P. Girard (Minot State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-540-5.ch004


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This chapter discusses the revision of the SECI model originally based on Japanese organizational culture into a model based on American organizational culture. The argument presented is that the original SECI model was developed from a Japanese perspective that does not align well with the American perspective. The American perspective is much different than in other cultures because individualism is paramount, but when compared to the group-centric culture of Japan, the differences are made evident. The hope is that by converting the model to a culturally relevant one that it can be better used as a foundation for understanding organizational knowledge transfer thereby improving organizational memories.

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