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Title: Entrepreneurial firms and their knowledge creation : a study of real estate management
Authors: Fong, PSW 
Dettwiler, P
Keywords: Business development
Knowledge management
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Facilities, 2009, v. 27, no. 7, p. 267-276 How to cite?
Journal: Facilities 
Abstract: Purpose: This article interweaves the disciplines of knowledge management and entrepreneurship, where the purpose is to develop a model that depicts the knowledge creation relationship of entrepreneurial firms in particular and its environmental context related to real estate management. How does the educational level of workers affect knowledge creation in entrepreneurial firms? Design/methodology/approach: This article is based on the results of a survey in Sweden that consisted of an investigation of the offices of 967 enlisted growth firms covering the entire country, forming a basis for further theoretical development. Findings: The findings suggest that education level has a gravitational character according to traditional location theories. Three concepts from the theories of entrepreneurship are transferred to real estate management factors where the educational level of staff would play a significant role. Practical implications: Entrepreneurial firms have a particular vulnerability, which is their human capital, and require particular management skills to prevent losses. Originality/value: The significant contribution of this paper is that it provides a basis for conceptualising a model of knowledge creation in entrepreneurial (in contrast to conservative) firms performing under dynamic and competitive environments.
ISSN: 0263-2772
EISSN: 1758-7131
DOI: 10.1108/02632770910956120
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