Turkish small and medium-sized companies do not like to share knowledge
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[German title: Türkische kleine und mittelständische Unternehmen teilen nicht gerne ihr Wissen]

Title: Knowledge management practices in Turkish SMEs 
Author(s): F. Tunc Bozbura 
Journal: Journal of Enterprise Information Management 
ISSN: 1741-0398 
Year: 2007 Volume: 20 Issue: 2 Page: 209 – 221 
DOI: 10.1108/17410390710725788 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – Aims at finding out the senior managers’ perceptions about the extent to which the components of KM contribute to the success of SMEs (small and medium enterprises) in Turkey.
Design/methodology/approach – In this paper, the current knowledge management practices in Turkish SMEs are searched through a survey. The survey is prepared depending on a basic model of knowledge management built by the author.
Findings – The results of the survey show that Turkish SMEs do not like to share knowledge even within the company. The managers are afraid of losing the control of knowledge. However, since they close the information channels, they also prevent the incoming knowledge.
Originality/value – This paper provides a basis for the research about knowledge management practices in SMEs in developing countries. 

Keywords: Knowledge management, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Surveys, Turkey 

Article Type: Research paper 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17410390710725788

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