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Book by Klaus North and Gregorio Varvakis

Competitive Strategies for Small and Medium Enterprises, Springer, 2016

This book is a timely guide for Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) researchers, policy makers and strategists. SMEs are the most important sources of job creation and local development especially in knowledge-based economies. As turbulence in the globalized economies expands SMEs will have to learn to sustain competitiveness by developing their ‘dynamic capabilities’. Based on the findings of a 4-year European and Latin American research project, this book provides a theoretical framework, practical instruments and cases on how SMEs in diverse economic, social and cultural contexts can develop crisis resilience, increase agility, innovate and thus successfully compete in turbulent times.

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Book by Klaus North and Gita Kumta

Knowledge Management - Value Creation Through Organizational Learning, Springer, 2013

This textbook on Knowledge Management is a result of more than twenty years of research, teaching and consulting experience of the authors. This is the first comprehensive text which brings together European, Asian and American perspectives on knowledge-based value creation. This book is intended not only for academic education but also for providing guidance to managers, consultants, trainers, coaches and those interested to learn about organizations in a knowledge economy in business, public administration and non-profit organizations. Many case studies, examples, questions, assignments as well as easy to use knowledge management tools make this work a compendium for learning, and for implementing knowledge management initiatives.

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Book by Klaus North and Stefan Güldenberg

Effective Knowledge Work Answers to the Management Challenges of the 21st Century, Emerald Group, 2011

According to Peter Drucker the most important challenge of management in the 21st century will be to increase knowledge worker productivity substantially. This book presents tried and tested methods, and concrete suggestions to analyse and design effective knowledge work. Each topic is accompanied by a self diagnosis allowing the reader to assess their own situation. The authors include case studies to provide inspiration as to the ‘next practices’ for shaping the future of knowledge work. Amongst others, the book addresses the following questions: What is knowledge work? What are strategies and methods for increasing productivity, quality, effectiveness and value of knowledge work? Can knowledge workers be managed, and if yes, how? How should ICT support be selected and utilised to best effect? What are adequate methods for measuring performance of knowledge workers? This book bridges the gap between research and practice, presenting the current state of management concepts and research on knowledge work, and providing many best practice examples, and will appeal to management educators, students, trainers, HR professionals, consultants, and knowledge workers themselves.

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