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dc.contributor.authorCormican, Kathryn
dc.identifier.citationCormican, K. and Van Leeuwen, M. (2007) Knowledge sharing in manufacturing SMEs Proceedings of eChallenges October The Hague, Netherlands, 2007-10-24- 2007-10-26en_US
dc.description.abstractThis paper reports on a study of European manufacturing SMEs in the metallurgical sector. The goal of the research is to ascertain the extent and nature of knowledge sharing that takes place within these organisations; the barriers experienced; and finally whether specific structures, systems are in place to enable effective knowledge sharing. We found that while information and knowledge is shared it is done in an ad-hoc way and formal systems are not used. The study revealed that the barriers that prevent people from knowledge sharing include; lack of time; inability to make tacit knowledge explicit; communication difficulties and lack of trust. Respondents also identified critical areas that needed attention. These include the need for structuring and organising knowledge sharing, effective communication, team building as well as the ability to use computer systems. This analysis provides the critical information needed to guide the development of tailored support structures in order to equip employees with the skills and competences needed to become more effective in a knowledge economy.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of eChallenges Octoberen
dc.subjectKnowledge sharingen_US
dc.subjectManufacturing SMEsen_US
dc.titleKnowledge sharing in manufacturing SMEsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
dc.local.contactKathryn Cormican, Mechanical & Biomedical Eng, Eng-2046, New Engineering Building, Nui Galway. 3975 Email:

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