Knowledge Society, Culture, and Knowledge Systems

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    Agricultural Knowledge Management System Development for Knowledge Integration
    ( 2018-01-03) Alemu, Dejen ; Jennex, Murray ; Assefa, Temtem
    Agricultural KMS development involves various participants from different communities of practice (CoPs) who possess their own knowledge. However, the current development of technology neglected the local communities who possess indigenous knowledge, which is the key success factor for agricultural development. This study aims at contributing in the discourse on how to integrate scientific and IK in agricultural KMS development and use. An interpretive analysis of primary qualitative data acquired through in-depth semi-structured interviews and participant observations was carried out following system development action research approach. The research result yields concepts for understanding the process conceptual framework in KMS development and use for knowledge sharing and integration.
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    Effects of Social Media Usage on the Speed of International Growth of an International New Venture
    ( 2018-01-03) Fraccastoro, Sara ; Gabrielsson, Mika
    The introduction of social media tools in entrepreneurial ventures has had a strong impact on their ability to access international networks, increase their competitiveness in foreign markets and improve their performance. Nevertheless, to the best of our knowledge, studies capturing the impact of social media usage on the internationalization process of International New Ventures (INVs) are lacking. We empirically analyze how social media usage influences the speed of the international growth of INVs in different phases of growth. Our results reveal that during the company’s introductory phase, social media has a primary role in heightening the speed of internationalization. However, in more mature phases, the need for direct sales personnel and personal relationships increases. This ensures the company’s insider position in international large account networks and guarantees a sustainable speed of international growth. Managerial implications are discussed as well as avenues for future research.
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    Market Knowledge and Dynamic Capabilities in Creating Competitive Advantage in an International New Venture
    ( 2018-01-03) Pehrsson, Anders ; Rollins, Minna
    This paper focuses on market knowledge and dynamic capabilities in creating competitive advantage in a local unit of an International New Venture (INV). This paper draws on the knowledge-based view of the firm and builds a conceptual model that illustrates the impact of broad and deep market knowledge on the local unit’s competitive advantage and performance. It is proposed that the INV unit needs dynamic capabilities in order to efficiently convert market knowledge into competitive advantage and then performance. Managerial implications, next steps of the research, and avenues for the future research are discussed.
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    Introduction to the Minitrack on Knowledge Society, Culture, and Knowledge Systems
    ( 2018-01-03) Rollins, Minna ; Wickramasinghe, Nilmini ; Gabrielsson, Mika