Consequence of Cultural Capital in Connection with Competitiveness

By Zoltán Gaál, Lajos Szabó, Zoltán Gaál, Nóra Obermayer-Kovács and Anikó Csepregi.

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The new economic order manifests itself in the transformation of the characteristic features of enterprises. Underlying the new scenario, the development of cultural and intellectual components is separated from the physical production of goods. In addition to physical, human and natural capital a further extremely important factor has been identified - cultural capital. The aim of the research carried out by the Strategic Management Research Group at the University of Pannonia, Hungary was to study the characteristics, relationships and influences of cultural capital in different respects. Our research has proved the role of culture as a factor in successfulness. Cultural peculiarities exercising a positive influence on the competitiveness of the country were defined. The effect mechanism we demonstrated is rooted in organizational culture and determines the practice of knowledge management, which in term determines other important features of the organizations. In this paper we explore the characteristic features of national and organizational cultures’ impacts on knowledge management and competitiveness. We take on board the insight of Trompenaars concerning national and organizational culture. Following our theoretical exploration, we demonstrate the findings of two researches, which have revealed the relationship between cultural characteristics competitiveness and knowledge management. Finally, we present the implications of our argument by focusing on the links between culture and knowledge management. We do this in order to show, that cultural characteristics are not only determinant factors of competitiveness but also of knowledge management, which is a key factor of competitiveness.

Keywords: Cultural Capital, Competitiveness, Organizational Culture, National Culture, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Sharing Culture

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 10, pp.79-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 819.642KB).

Prof. Zoltán Gaál

Professor, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

Zoltán Gaál is a praised expert in the field of the enterprise theory and practice, he is Professor of the Department of Management of the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. He is member of Science and Arts Habilitation Committee of Budapest Technical University, board member of Scientific Society of Management, member of Arts Habilitation Committee of University of Miskolc, elected member of Expert Committee of Management Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, elected Co-President of Union of Technical and Scientific Societies of Veszprém County, chairman of Corporate Cybernetics Task Force of the Veszprém Academic Committee of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He has published numerous articles and presented his work at national and international conferences. His main field of interest include strategy management, corporate culture, maintenance management.

Dr. Lajos Szabó

Associate Professor, Head of Department, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

Lajos Szabó is an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Management at the University of Pannonia, Veszprém. He is founder member of the Hungarian Project Management Association. He has published numerous articles and presented his work at national and international conferences. His main field of interest include intercultural, project and maintenance management.

Dr. Zoltán Gaál

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Veszprém, Hungary

Zoltán Kovács is Assistant Professor at the Department of Management of the University of Pannonia, Hungary. His main fields of interest include intercultural management and organizational culture. He completed his M. Sc. - In Engineering and Management, Entrepreneurial Field - degree at University of Pannonia in 2001 with a focus on strategic challenges of international companies. Since then he has worked as a researcher with co-operation of THT Intercultural Management Consulting,Amsterdam realizing a survey on national and organizational culture in Hungary in 2005. The research project surveyed the peculiarities of the Hungarian national culture as well as the relations of its attitudes on the one hand, and the connection between national culture and competitiveness, on the other. He obtains his Ph.D. - In Economics and Management in 2007.

Dr. Nóra Obermayer-Kovács

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

Nóra Obermayer-Kovács is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Hungary. Her main fields of interest include knowledge management, knowledge-sharing culture and knowledge-sharing behaviour. She holds an M. Sc. - In Engineering and Management, Entrepreneurial Field - degree. Since then she has worked as a researcher with co-operation of KPMG-BME Academy, Budapest realizing a survey on knowledge management in Hungary in 2005/2006. The research project investigated the characteristic features of knowledge management among Hungarian organizations. She obtains her Ph.D. - in Economics and Management in 2008. She has published numerous articles and presented her work at national and international conferences.

Anikó Csepregi

PhD student, Department of Management, University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary

Anikó Csepregi is a PhD student at Ph.D. School of Economics and Management at University of Pannonia, Hungary. Her main fields of interest include knowledge management and knowledge-sharing.

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