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Knowledge Sharing Barriers in Organic Growth: A Case Study from a Software Company

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of High Technology Management Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


In a high-technology field such as the software business, there are many companies striving for growth. For small software firms organic growth is a natural way to grow and often the chosen route. Effective knowledge sharing is crucial for an organically growing software company to extract maximum benefit from its existing resources. However, it can be argued that there exist many barriers to effective knowledge sharing in an organic growth context. For companies that have an intention to grow it is important to identify these possible pitfalls lining the growth path. Using an empirical case study, this paper aims to increase the understanding of the biggest potential knowledge sharing barriers that an organically growing software company may face. Management able to recognize such barriers to knowledge sharing could support growth by acting to prevent the barriers from arising and eliminating those already in place.

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