nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2023‒10‒09
two papers chosen by
Laura Nicola-Gavrila, Centrul European de Studii Manageriale în Administrarea Afacerilor

  1. Aligning Leadership Styles for Effective Knowledge Management in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq By Abdulwahab Mohammed, Sana
  2. Resource Misallocation in the Presence of R&D Spillovers By Li, Kun; Azacis, Helmuts; Luintel, Kul B

  1. By: Abdulwahab Mohammed, Sana
    Abstract: This study investigates the relationship between leadership styles and knowledge management within organizations. The main objective is to identify the most appropriate leadership style that fosters effective knowledge management practices and encourages knowledge sharing among employees. To achieve this, a quantitative research approach was adopted, employing questionnaire surveys as the primary data collection method. The reliability of the research instrument was assessed using Cronbach's alpha. The study employed regression analysis to analyse the collected data and determine the influence of various leadership styles on knowledge management outcomes. By analysing the data, the study aimed to identify the leadership style that demonstrated the greatest positive impact on knowledge sharing within organizations. The findings of this research suggest that democratic leadership style is the most appropriate for knowledge management initiatives. The data indicated a significant positive correlation between democratic leadership and knowledge sharing, indicating that leaders who adopt a democratic approach facilitate an environment that encourages open communication, collaboration, and knowledge exchange. Based on the results, this study recommends that leaders embrace a democratic leadership style to enhance knowledge management practices. Organizations should prioritize creating an inclusive and participative culture that fosters employee engagement, empowerment, and involvement in decision-making processes.
    Keywords: Leadership styles, Knowledge management, Democratic leadership, Autocratic Leadership, Laissez-Faire Leadership, Knowledge sharing, Knowledge Hiding.
    JEL: M0 M12
    Date: 2023–06–18
  2. By: Li, Kun (Cardiff Business School); Azacis, Helmuts (Cardiff Business School); Luintel, Kul B (Cardiff Business School)
    Abstract: We study resource misallocation by explicitly modelling R&D input and knowledge spillovers. The effects of R&D and spillovers on firm-level productivity are extensively studied in applied work, but not in the context of resource misallocation. We establish that, in the presence of spillovers, efficient resource allocation requires that more productive firms face higher R&D input prices. Analysing UK firm-level data, we find that the output gains from correcting misallocation are greatly overestimated when spillovers are ignored. Output losses due to capital distortions dominate those from labour and R&D inputs. Adopting a wrong R&D policy could lead to significant output losses.
    Keywords: resource misallocation, productivity, R&D spillover, the UK manufacturing firms
    JEL: D24 D61 O30 O47
    Date: 2023–09

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