Competitive advantages and sustainable development of libraries through knowledge creation
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[German title: Wettbewerbsvorteile und zukunftsfähige Entwicklung von Bibliotheken durch Wissensschaffung]

Title: Developing knowledge innovation culture of libraries 
Author(s): Xiaoping Sheng, Lin Sun 
Journal: Library Management 
ISSN: 0143-5124 
Year: 2007 Volume: 28 Issue: 1/2 Page: 36 – 52 
DOI: 10.1108/01435120710723536 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – The paper aims to focus on the definition, meaning and functions of knowledge innovation culture (KIC) of libraries, its influencing factors and some strategies to develop it.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper gives a definition of KIC, discusses its meaning and functions, analyzes several influencing factors, and suggests some strategies and provides a case study.
Findings – The paper finds that the KIC of libraries is a kind of value, behavior and institutional system, which gains competitive advantages and sustainable development of libraries through knowledge creation. This kind of culture is different form traditional library culture and has several specific functions. Some factors like environment, resources and business may affect the development of KIC of libraries. Therefore, it is necessary for libraries to establish environment beneficial to knowledge innovation, enhance trust and cooperation within staffs, create a kind of learning culture, shape knowledge-based team organization, enhance human resource development and cultivate knowledge innovation talents in order to build up KIC of libraries.
Originality/value – The paper demonstrates how libraries can develop KIC. 

Keywords: Culture, Knowledge management, Libraries 

Article Type: Research paper 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/01435120710723536

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