Purpose – This paper aims to provide a social network‐based model for improving knowledge management in multi‐level supply chains formed by small and medium‐sized enterprises (SMEs). Design/methodology/approach – This approach uses social network analysis techniques to propose and represent a knowledge network for supply chains. Also, an empirical experience from an exploratory case study in the construction sector is presented. Findings – This proposal improves the establishment of inter‐organizational relationships into networks to exchange the knowledge among the companies along the supply chain and create specific knowledge by promoting confidence and motivation. Originality/value – This proposed model is useful for academics and practitioners in supply chain management to gain a better understanding of knowledge management processes, particularly for the supply chains formed by SMEs.
Supply Chain Management: An International Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 9, 2011
Keywords: Social networks; Knowledge management; Supply chain management; Small and medium‐sized enterprises
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