Knowledge management in different types of strategic SME networks

Katri Valkokari, Nina Helander

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    Purpose The purpose of this paper is to bridge the knowledge management (KM) and strategic business network literatures from the viewpoint of SMEs. Design/methodology/approach This paper presents a typology of KM and strategic business networks; thus the paper is based on a literature review and analysis. Findings The paper provides a typology of the strategic SME network types and their key KM challenges based on a synthesis of existing literature. Research limitations/implications It is suggested that longitudinal case studies of KM practices in strategic SME networks should be conducted. An empirical multi-case study has already been started. Originality/value The presented SME network typology can benefit SME managers facing networking and KM challenges. Besides, it is suggested that a common strategy should be developed for all types of networks to enable the creation of knowledge-based competencies and capabilities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)597-608
    Number of pages12
    JournalManagement Research News
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2007
    MoE publication typeA2 Review article in a scientific journal



    • Business policy
    • Knowledge management
    • Networking

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