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Creation and categorization of Knowledge in SMEs in India

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Autori: Rajesh K Pillania

Editorial: Management Decision, 46(10), p.1452-1464, 2008.


Purpose – New knowledge creation has gained currency in the global knowledge economy. It is
important not only for big firms, but for small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) also. Indian
automotive components sector is one of the fastest growing sectors of Indian economy and is
dominated by SMEs. This research work aims to study the knowledge creation and categorization in
SMEs in Indian automotive components sector.
Design/methodology/approach – This paper uses a survey method to collect primary data to
study knowledge creation and categorization in automotive components manufacturers.
Findings – Among various kinds of knowledge, knowledge about customers is given most
importance. Though new knowledge creation is gaining importance, research and development
spending as percentage of turnover are very low. International automotive components manufacturers
have a better perception about knowledge creation compared to the prevalent view in Indian firms. In
terms of relevance, latest and timeliness, Indian and international automotive components
manufacturers pay little credence to the knowledge available through government institutions and
industry associations. Industry associations and governments need to have a re-appraisal of their
practices and make their working more useful, fast and updated.
Practical implications – This work has policy implications for government and industry
associations. Corrective measures are suggested for industry associations and government bodies for
contributing to knowledge creation and implementing knowledge management in organizations.
Originality/value – First of its kind study in SMEs, particularly automotive components sector in
India. It studies the current state of knowledge creation and categorization and suggests guidelines for
improving knowledge creation in SMEs.

Cuvinte cheie: Knowledge creation, Small to medium-sized enterprises, Automotive components industry,India, Emerging Markets.