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Knowledge management cloud-based solutions in small enterprises
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Informatics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of this study is to determine if adopting cloud-based knowledge management is a viable way forward for small enterprises and to investigate what are the main factors that might facilitate or inhibit these companies to adopt such solutions.Design/Methodology/Approach - In order to understand the main factors that could influence the adoption of a cloud-based knowledge management solution in small enterprises, I used a qualitative research approach, based on four semi-structured interviews with four small companies from Romania.Findings – The results of the study suggest that implementing knowledge management in the cloud is particularly beneficial for small enterprises, as a lower investment in IT infra-structure can create a competitive advantage and help them implement knowledge man-agement activities as a strategic resource. Moreover, the study suggests that relative ad-vantage, compatibility and technology readiness will influence companies in moving their knowledge to the cloud. Also, the study reveals that companies which did not adopt such a solution had already established systems for managing knowledge and failed to realize its benefits, it was not perceived as needed, they had a low level of awareness or cited security and uncertainty reasons.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Knowledge Management, KM, Cloud Computing, CC, Knowledge Management cloud-based Solutions, Small Enterprises
National Category
Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28275ISRN: JU-IHH-IKA-2-20150023OAI: diva2:867635
Subject / course
IHH, Informatics
Available from: 2015-11-06 Created: 2015-11-05 Last updated: 2015-11-06Bibliographically approved

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