Title: Small firm networking: contents and nature of knowledge sharing and learning

Authors: Jun Li

Addresses: School of Entrepreneurship and Business, University of Essex, Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1LW, UK

Abstract: This paper is concerned with how sociotechnical networks facilitate knowledge sharing and learning in small Information and Communications Technology (ICT) firms. Building upon extant work on entrepreneurial works, this paper examines the contents of networks, the nature of information and knowledge sharing and learning, and obstacles to small firm networking in sociotechnical networks. A multimethods approach was used to provide greater insight into small firm networking.

Keywords: sociotechnical networks; network contents; knowledge sharing; learning; small firms; West Midlands; UK; United Kingdom; ICT; small firm networking; entrepreneurship; information sharing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMS.2008.018792

International Journal of Knowledge Management Studies, 2008 Vol.2 No.3, pp.272 - 284

Published online: 18 Jun 2008 *

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