Knowledge Sharing as a Human Resource Development Tool

By Jena Švarcová.

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Small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) are very important for the process of economic transformation in east and central Europe. SMEs seek to develop new knowledge themselves, or more likely, transfer, adapt and implement new knowledge from outside sources to increase their competitiveness. Tomas Bata University in Zlín Czech Republic solved a pilot project within the framework of the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development financed by the European Social Fund (ESF). The mission of this project is develop and enforce innovative approaches and methods in Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Czech small and medium enterprises. Knowledge sharing appears to be an important tool not only for increasing competitiveness and effectiveness of Czech SMEs, but can help to motivate employees of the SMEs to participate on the firm development. The pilot project prepared the learning environment for the participants and their task was to collect case studies in the form of structured cards from the firm environment. Each structured card shows the particular problem of the firm and its successful solution(best practice). Research confirms that active participation of employees in the process of knowledge sharing can help to change the orientation from the self development of employee to the joint development of the firm.

Keywords: Knowledge Sharing, Human Resource Development, Best Practice, SMEs, Czech Republic

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 5, pp.159-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 741.805KB).

Dr. Jena Švarcová

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University, Zlín, Czech Republic


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