n Mousaion - Knowledge management within the multinational organization : the impact of the African concept of on knowledge processes

Volume 23, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0027-2639



Eastern, Western and African cultures each have their own preferences towards knowledge processes. This impacts on the manner in which these processes are integrated and transformed into knowledge management initiatives. The preferences of the various cultural styles towards certain knowledge processes are discussed. Specific focus is placed on the manner in which the African philosophy of influences a preference for certain knowledge processes. The aim of this discussion is to create an understanding of the differences in the preferences of cultural styles towards knowledge processes and thus of knowledge management initiatives in multinational organisations. An understanding of this nature could contribute to a change in the way that existing knowledge management initiatives are applied within the context of international organisations. This would greatly enhance and improve the effectiveness and efficiency of knowledge management initiatives on a global scale.

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