Correlating national histories with knowledge-sharing behaviour

[German title: Nationale Hintergründe mit Wissensteilungsverhalten in Beziehung setzten]

Nigel J. Holden, Carole Tansley    
Culturally distinctive manifestations in international knowledge management: a historical perspective
International Journal of Advanced Media and Communication 2007 – Vol. 1, No.4  pp. 313 – 327

Abstract: Knowledge Management (KM) practices are markedly influenced by country level variables that act as important filters influencing how organisational actors enact KM at micro-levels of activity. Specifically, we suggest that certain countries have a particular knowledge-sharing cultural ethos and that this is attributable to historical factors. We discuss Germany, Japan and Russia, contrasting their different national orientation to knowledge acquisition and development. The limitations of correlating national histories with knowledge-sharing behaviour are acknowledged, but we argue that particular and necessary insights are gained by doing this.

Keywords: international knowledge management; knowledge cultural dimensions; historical development; context-specific knowledge; thick knowledge; thin knowledge; culture; cross-cultural collaborative learning; knowledge sharing; Germany; Japan; Russia; knowledge acquisition; knowledge development; cultural ethos.

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