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The IUP Journal of Knowledge Management :
Knowledge Management in Polish Enterprises
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Managers are recognizing the role and importance of knowledge management in shaping the competitiveness of their enterprises. One of the reasons for low competitiveness of Polish enterprises is the unsatisfactory level of their involvement in the implementation of knowledge management concepts. This paper aims to diagnose the state of knowledge management in Polish enterprises. The paper presents the results of an empirical research conducted among 170 enterprises operating in Poland in 2016. The results indicate a low degree of advancement of Polish enterprises towards current challenges of knowledge economy. A small number of Polish enterprises uses the concept of knowledge management. One of the main reasons is the lack of knowledge and awareness of managers concerning the importance of using this concept in enterprises. Definitely big enterprises prefer using knowledge management as well as its elements. Recently, an increase of interest in the implementation of this concept has been observed among the managers of Polish enterprises.

 
 
 

Knowledge is now treated as a strategic resource of an enterprise. Functioning in conditions of constant changes facing challenges has given rise to the need of continuous learning. The knowledge-based perspective indicates that intellectual resources are the key organizational assets that enable sustainable competitive advantage (Teece, 2000 and 2003; Wenger and Schneider, 2000; and Hansen and Oetinger, 2001). Despite the growing interest of knowledge management concept among both researchers and practitioners in Poland, there is inadequate research conducted in this area.

The number of enterprises whose worth is determined by their capital and material possessions is constantly decreasing; increasingly, however, success is ensured by the fact that a company has very special assets like collected knowledge, know-how, or utility models (Bitkowska, 2016).

 
 
 

Knowledge Management Journal, Knowledge Management, Polish Enterprises