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Special Issue "Knowledge Management and Business Development"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Economic and Business Aspects of Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 6793

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Constantin Bratianu
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Management, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, 012244 București, Romania
Interests: knowledge management; knowledge dynamics; knowledge strategies; strategic management
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Dr. Ruxandra Bejinaru
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Guest Editor
Department of Management, Business Administration and Tourism, “Stefan cel Mare” University of Suceava, Suceava, Romania
Interests: knowledge dynamics; knowledge management; organizational learning; intellectual capital; entrepreneurship

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The scope of this Special Issue is dedicated to exploring the role played by knowledge management in business development in the context of the knowledge economy. Knowledge has become, in recent decades, a strategic resource that is crucial when it comes to developing dynamic capabilities and achieving a competitive advantage. Knowledge-intensive businesses have almost had an exponential evolution in the last years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Managing uncertainty as a result of knowledge absence is based on the capacity of knowledge management to create new knowledge and to share it in an intra-organizational and an inter-organizational stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship. Business development is strongly dependent on efficient knowledge management systems and knowledge strategies. The purpose of the present Special Issue is to reveal the dynamics between knowledge management and business development, and to explore new ideas, theories, models, strategies and practical lessons which can be implemented by companies to increase their competitiveness and value creation for society. At the same time, they will contribute to the advancement of the knowledge foundations of business management and creating “wise” companies, as described by Ikujiro Nonaka and Takeuchi Hirotaka. The suggested topics for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Knowledge management capacity to influence business development and entrepreneurship.
  • Knowledge management in times of crises and lessons learned for business development from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • New models for knowledge dynamics which can explore knowledge management systems beyond the models created by Ikujiro Nonaka and his colleagues.
  • Knowledge dynamics and its role in developind dynamic capabilities and achieving a competitive advantage.
  • Knowledge dynamics and its importance in business decision-making.
  • Knowledge creation, knowledge sharing and business innovation.
  • Knowledge risks and business risks.
  • Organizational learning and the learning organizations.
  • Organizational spirituality and the wise company.
  • Consumer knowledge management and consumer behavior.
  • Knowledge leadership and business performance.

Prof. Dr. Constantin Bratianu
Dr. Ruxandra Bejinaru
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • knowledge dynamics
  • knowledge sharing
  • knowledge management
  • knowledge risks
  • knowledge strategies
  • business strategies
  • business competitiveness
  • entrepreneurship

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Effect of Tax Knowledge and Technological Shift in Tax System on Business Performance: A PLS-SEM Analysis
Sustainability 2022, 14(16), 10217; https://doi.org/10.3390/su141610217 - 17 Aug 2022
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Taxes are imperative for the economy and businesses for better growth and development. Understanding the taxes and having the right approach towards them can make a vast difference between the success and failure of businesses. Therefore, the present paper aims to examine the [...] Read more.
Taxes are imperative for the economy and businesses for better growth and development. Understanding the taxes and having the right approach towards them can make a vast difference between the success and failure of businesses. Therefore, the present paper aims to examine the impact of tax knowledge on business performance. The study is based on the primary survey of 450 registered Indian MSMEs. The empirical findings from the Partial Least Square Structure Equation Modeling highlight that tax knowledge enhanced operational efficiency and prevented firms from tax fraud. In addition, the technological advancement in the tax system and its knowledge led to proper tax administration and governance by firms which enhanced their productivity. The results may prove beneficial for policymakers, governments, and businesses because in-depth tax knowledge would lead to timely tax compliance and reduced tax evasion, avoidance, and scams. Full article
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Knowledge about Competences Increasing Resilience to Crises in the Modern Business Sector: Results of the Polish University Project
Sustainability 2022, 14(16), 9861; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14169861 - 10 Aug 2022
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The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused an unprecedented disturbance in higher education and the business services sector. In the 2014–2020 financial perspective, the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development has constituted a response to challenges and an instrument to execute the Europe 2020 Strategy. [...] Read more.
The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused an unprecedented disturbance in higher education and the business services sector. In the 2014–2020 financial perspective, the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development has constituted a response to challenges and an instrument to execute the Europe 2020 Strategy. However, the Programme was not designed to prevent crises, and neither did it foresee the pandemic which surprised the whole world. Despite this, higher education institutions that implemented projects co-financed with the EU funds had to face the “black swan” and ensure the continuity of their activities while improving their resilience to crises. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how important knowledge management and resilience-building skills are for students to adapt and grow stronger in the face of a crisis. Does higher education teach crisis-resistant competences? As we know from practice and literature, the knowledge gap as regards crisis-resistant competencies is enormous, and the relevant university programmes require strengthening. Therefore, we conducted a literature review about knowledge management in complex crises and conducted research to identify competences that increase resilience to crises. The aim of the article was to examine to what extent the support implemented in the Polish university project contributed to the increase in indicators (output, direct result) and to what extent the level of competences of the project participants increased, including those competences that allowed the participants to adapt to the labour market during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the needs of the study, we used the competence balance method and the measurement of a degree of ratio implementation according to the criteria applied. The results of the study proved that the ratios rose and the project contributed to increasing competences in the project’s participants, improving their crisis resilience. The conclusions of the study allowed us to make recommendations regarding the emergent knowledge strategies about the European Union’s future agenda as well as about knowledge management and university training programs for resilient skills. Full article
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Adding Knowledge to Virtual Teams in the New Normal: From Leader-Team Communication towards the Satisfaction with Teamwork
Sustainability 2022, 14(11), 6424; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14116424 - 24 May 2022
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The present paper sets out to investigate the relationships among several key constructs that cover the work patterns and processes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasis is laid on the leader-team communication, the fostering of a strong team culture, team performance [...] Read more.
The present paper sets out to investigate the relationships among several key constructs that cover the work patterns and processes in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Emphasis is laid on the leader-team communication, the fostering of a strong team culture, team performance and satisfaction with teamwork in the case of virtual teams. The scrutiny is intended to complement recent developments in the field which compared traditional and virtual teams at different levels by adding knowledge to virtual teams’ communication and interaction patterns and processes. In this vein, an online survey was conducted with 175 members from different virtual teams. The findings showed the advancement of a pertinent conceptual model, mostly displaying significant relationships among constructs. Four out of the five formulated hypotheses were validated, the highest influences being reported between leader-team communication and team culture, respectively, and between team performance and satisfaction with teamwork. Furthermore, the structural model explained over 50% of the variance in the satisfaction with teamwork, thus supporting the relevance of the inferred relationships. Full article
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The Role of Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Family Firm Succession
Sustainability 2022, 14(10), 5845; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14105845 - 11 May 2022
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The purpose of the study is to investigate the role that knowledge creation and knowledge transfer processes play in family firm intergenerational succession in Thailand. An exploratory qualitative case study approach is used. Interviews were conducted with successors and predecessors of small, medium [...] Read more.
The purpose of the study is to investigate the role that knowledge creation and knowledge transfer processes play in family firm intergenerational succession in Thailand. An exploratory qualitative case study approach is used. Interviews were conducted with successors and predecessors of small, medium and large Thai firms that have undergone leadership succession within the past five years (30 firms, for n = 60 interviews). Data were analyzed using a qualitative content analysis approach. There were 16 different knowledge approaches identified that are undertaken by the successor. These processes are commonplace to firms, including formal and informal, internal and external processes of knowledge creation and transfer. Most of these occur at different stages of preparation for succession (pre-succession, transition and succession stages). While some knowledge approaches are used across firms, others are specific to small or large firms. These knowledge approaches and stages were used to develop a knowledge process model for family firm succession. The research develops an original model of the knowledge processes associated with family firm succession. This model, which incorporates a staged succession model with the knowledge processes identified, explains how and why knowledge creation and transfer occur during the succession process. Full article
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Entrepreneurial Orientation and Organizational Performance of Online Business in Malaysia: The Mediating Role of the Knowledge Management Process
Sustainability 2022, 14(9), 5081; https://doi.org/10.3390/su14095081 - 23 Apr 2022
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The aim of this paper is to examine the role of the knowledge management process as a mediating variable in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and organizational performance. This study employed a quantitative method and utilised a self-administered questionnaire. A total of 350 [...] Read more.
The aim of this paper is to examine the role of the knowledge management process as a mediating variable in the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and organizational performance. This study employed a quantitative method and utilised a self-administered questionnaire. A total of 350 data were collected from the owners/founders of online businesses. A Partial Least Squares-Structural Equation Modelling (PLS-SEM) analysis was performed to test the proposed hypotheses of the study. The findings indicated that entrepreneurial orientation positively the knowledge management process, which in turn exerts a positive effect on the organizational performance of a company. Additionally, the indirect effect analysis revealed that the knowledge management process plays a significant role as a mediator between entrepreneurial orientation and organizational performance. The research fills a gap in the literature by considering a mediating variable in enhancing the relationship between entrepreneurial orientation and organizational performance. This research also provides a particular contribution to the literature and some suggestions for future research. Full article
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