International Small Business Journal, 26 (4), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: International Small Business Journal, 26 (4), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

Veronique Ambrosini and Cliff Bowman
Surfacing Tacit Sources of Success 403-431.

  • Abstract: Eliciting and transferring tacit knowledge is critical for the growth ambitions of small knowledge-intensive firms such as management consultancies because their work is often intangible and ambiguous. How this can be done presents a challenge as there are as yet no tools available to help them.This article explains how the use of causal mapping helped the partners of one consultancy firm to surface their tacit knowledge, to uncover what they should try to replicate within the organization to sustain their success, and to refine their raison d’être.Through the mapping process, which is interactive, non-directive, and generates ownership of the outcomes, the partners were encouraged to tap into their ambiguous, tacit knowledge base, which constitutes a large part of their consultancy’s success.The article contributes to our understanding of small business management practice, tacit knowledge and consulting interventions.
  • Key Words: organizational success: small business • tacit knowledge
  • DOI (Link): 10.1177/0266242608091172

Francesco Chirico
Knowledge Accumulation in Family Firms: Evidence from Four Case Studies 433-462.

  • Abstract: The aim of this article is to make a contribution to the understanding of how knowledge can be accumulated in family business. Four family firms from Switzerland and Italy are part of this research. Existing literature combined with the case studies analysed lead to the development of a model that outlines factors responsible for knowledge accumulation viewed as an `enabler of longevity’ in family business.The relationships depicted in the model can be read by researchers as hypotheses and suggestions for further research, and by managers as possible factors needed to accumulate knowledge in order to be successful across generations.
  • Key Words: education • experience • knowledge accumulation
  • DOI (Link): 10.1177/0266242608091173

© 2008 SAGE Publications

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