Strengths and Constraints of Knowledge Management in Community Enterprises: A Thai Study

By Lanthom Jonjoubsong.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Community enterprises (CEs) are a part of the informal sector and comprise micro and small enterprises (MSEs) which play important roles in the social and economic development of developing countries. They have paid relatively little attention to the knowledge management (KM) field, even though they rely on knowledge, especially local wisdom, and experience and skills of their members in order to create products. KM should be addressed in order to strengthen their business. According to their characteristics, modern KM concepts can be applied in an appropriate manner to suit their environment and conditions. The strengths and weaknesses of their characteristics and organisational culture need to be investigated before KM implementation. This paper investigates a CE in Thailand – “Prae Pun” – as a representative case of CEs to identify strengths and constraints for KM in CEs.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, Traditional Knowledge, Community Enterprises, Organisational Culture, Organisational Management

The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.85-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 961.081KB).

Dr Lanthom Jonjoubsong

PhD Student, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

She is a PhD candidate at the School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her thesis is "An Integrated Knowledge Management Model for Community Enterprises: A Case of a Rural Community Enterprise in Thailand". She obtained a Master of Science in Information Management from Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand. Her thesis is concerned with information systems for an alternative agricultural network in Thailand. After obtaining a Master degree, she has been a lecturer at the department of Business Computer, Huachiew Chalearmprakiet University in Thailand for 9 years. Her research interests are on information dissemination and knowledge management.

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