The Impact of Organisational Change, Knowledge Sharing, Culture and Innovation: A Case Study

By Helen Mitchell.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Prior to restructuring a large New Zealand organisation was divided into six divisions. The new structure saw the atomisation of the organisation into thirty-two companies each with its own Chief Executive. One aim of the restructuring was to become more innovative. The purpose of the research was to investigate the impact of the restructuring on knowledge sharing, innovation and culture. Sharing and creating knowledge are critical to organisations yet the level of knowledge sharing occurring is dependent upon the organisation’s culture. Attempting to make a transition from a culture where knowledge sharing may not be the norm to one that emphasises the importance of sharing can be traumatic for those involved. It is through knowledge sharing that ideas emerge and lead to innovations that are essential for the ongoing sustainability of an organisation. The paper will include views on whether large or small organizations are more innovative.

Keywords: Knowledge, Culture, Innovation, Change

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.71-78. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 558.246KB).

Helen Mitchell

Programme Director, School of Business, Unitec New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand

Prior to becoming an academic I worked for a UK Government Department. My lecturing commitments are in Current Issues in Management, Applied Management and Strategy and Change at undergraduate and Masters levels. I have been a member of several task forces set up by the NZ Ministry of Education for reviewing technology and change and have held a range of senior positions in the School of Business and Computing Department. I have published a number of articles and book chapters focusing on knowledge management and the impact of technology on knowledge sharing. I am a consultant in small business management and also a business mentor.


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