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Knowledge management in family businesses

Helge Döring examines how family businesses of different sizes can distribute their existing knowledge among all employees by designing IT-based and non-IT-based tools, absorb new knowledge from the environment and compensate for knowledge drains, e.g. through retirement. It is shown that the greatest practical challenge for family businesses is to protect the existing knowledge base and to convert the success-relevant knowledge that is individually available in the employees into organizational knowledge.

The content
  • Knowledge management: a general overview
  • Knowledge management barriers, drivers (enablers) and tools
  • Case study analysis

The target groups

  • Lecturers and students of business administration with a focus on knowledge management, innovation management and family businesses as well as sociology and computer science
  • Family entrepreneurs, managing directors and executives in family businesses

The author

Dr. Helge Döring received his doctorate from the Technical University of Dortmund. He was a research associate with Prof. Dr. Peter Witt at the chair for innovation and start-up management at the Technical University of Dortmund and at the chair for technology and innovation management at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Keywords

Knowledge base organizational knowledge new knowledge success-relevant knowledge family entrepreneur

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About the authors

Dr. Helge Döring received her doctorate from the Technical University of Dortmund. He was a research associate with Prof. Dr. Peter Witt at the chair for innovation and start-up management at the Technical University of Dortmund and at the chair for technology and innovation management at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

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