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Organizational Culture Conditions of Knowledge Management

Dorota Chmielewska-Muciek and Agnieszka Sitko-Lutek
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Dorota Chmielewska-Muciek: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland
Agnieszka Sitko-Lutek: Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin, Poland

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Abstract: Perceiving organizational culture of an enterprise as one of the main factors supporting implementation and realization of knowledge management was the basis of elaborating this issue in the article. An attempt to determine cultural conditioning of knowledge management was taken. A starting point to description of organizational culture supporting knowledge management was an overview of literature of the subject from the point of view of features of this culture. It allowed to select several dozen of characteristics creating convenient, for knowledge management, cultural environment. These characteristics reflecting determined patterns of thinking and behaving, were next identified as cultural values. These are: focus on people, low power distance, pro-innovation, status based on achievements, collectivism, external orientation and high tolerance of uncertainty. Strengthening or promoting of selected cultural values would favour knowledge management. Formulated in summary on this basis suggestions may serve as practical hints in relation to directions of improving organizational culture of enterprise appropriate to needs of knowledge management.

Keywords: organizational culture; knowledge management; knowledge management culture (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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