Knowledge Profiles Boosting Innovation

By Maria José Sousa and Sérgio Sousa.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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Knowledge integration is not only one of the most critical factors for organizations’ competitiveness, but is also crucial due to the constraints of the nature of knowledge. Sharing knowledge and effectively integrating it in the organizational practices and processes seems to be a very powerful strategy and, at the same time, a very difficult achievement. Knowledge is an intangible asset, mainly embedded in people, and can only be applied and integrated by them. Workers integrate their knowledge in different ways and using specific tools related to their role in the organization. This paper focuses on how knowledge is integrated within the work processes by groups of workers with different characteristics. The different groups will be created according to a factorial analysis resulting in specific knowledge profiles. Therefore, the research objective is to identify different knowledge profiles in organizations and to analyze their contribution for innovation.

Keywords: Knowledge, Organization, Profiles, Innovation

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp.35-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 418.526KB).

Dr. Maria José Sousa

Professor of Innovation and Knowledge, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics , Management, Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics, Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Sousa is a researcher at the Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational Dynamics (CIEO) in areas such as management, innovation, and knowledge.

Dr. Sérgio Sousa

Technical University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Dr. Sousa is a scientific coordinator of post-graduate courses in Human Resource Management and Social Benefits at the Technical University of Lisbon (ISEG/EDEFE).