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Knowledge Management towards Innovation: How can organizations utilize knowledge management to foster innovation?
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Industrial Economics and Management (Dept.).
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Being innovative allows organizations to be part of the rapid competitive and environmental

shifts and requires the development of knowledge as it builds the pathway of innovation. Since

most companies find it troublesome to effectively utilize their existing knowledge towards

innovations and literature lacks to offer solutions, this study aims to determine factors that

contribute to an enhancement of the spiral of knowledge as well as to develop a concept that

provides counselling for business and academia on how to overcome this issue. Therefore, this

study contributes with new insights to the field of research in knowledge management and

innovation management as well as to organizations with a concept on how to operationalize

knowledge management towards innovation.

Based on literature review on innovation management, knowledge management and

organizational agility, a hypothesis was established that claimed that agile feedback loops at the

spiral of knowledge would facilitate the utilization of knowledge management towards

innovation. Expert interviews allowed the identification of factors that are relevant for tapping

the potential of knowledge towards innovation. The analysis of their responses disclosed a

common request to include feedback during the knowledge transformation but also revealed that

design thinking and an innovative organizational culture are further relevant factors. Thus, the

study postulates a concept that refines the spiral of knowledge to the ‘spiral of knowledge and

innovation’, which extents the ‘spiral of knowledge’ with agile feedback loops, design thinking

as well as an innovative organizational culture.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Series
TRITA-ITM-EX ; 2019:224
Keywords [en]
Innovation Management, Knowledge Management, Spiral of Knowledge, Corporate Culture, Design Thinking, Agile Organization, Learning Organization
National Category
Economics and Business Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254199OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-254199DiVA, id: diva2:1328928
Educational program
Master of Science - Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
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Available from: 2019-09-06 Created: 2019-06-24 Last updated: 2019-09-06Bibliographically approved

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