Knowledge Management in Health Technology SMEs
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CitationHuusko, Juhamatti. Kuusisto-Niemi, Sirpa. Saranto, Kaija. (2017). Knowledge Management in Health Technology SMEs. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 245, 878-881. 10.3233/978-1-61499-830-3-878.
The purpose of this study was to examine knowledge management’s (KM) role in small and medium-sized (SMEs) health technology enterprises, which employ fewer than 250 employees. In this study, KM is understood as the ability to achieve competitive advantage by utilizing management knowledge and making it profitable. The health technology enterprises use modern technology to resolve health-related issues. The research data was acquired from Finnish health technology SMEs. The questionnaire was sent to 140 enterprises, generating 25 responses, or a 17.9% response rate. According to the results, health technology enterprises have not adopted KM concepts, nor do they have the necessary resources to do so. SMEs’ KM use is informal: information is transferred informally through human interaction, rather than through information systems. In the SMEs, KM is not perceived as important, although it is seen as associated with the enterprise’s financial performance through the potential in making the knowledge profitable.