Knowledge Transfer through Computer-based Systems in Manufacturing Networks: A Study on Albanian Plants

Authors

  • Kreshnik Vukatana Department of Statistics and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
  • Elira Hoxha Department of Statistics and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania
  • Kozeta Sevrani Department of Statistics and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Economy, University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2022-0016

Keywords:

knowledge transfer, multinational companies’ network, computer-based systems, manufacturing plant

Abstract

This study shows a general view about knowledge transfer between manufacturing plants in developing countries like Albania, which are part of multinational companies’ network (MCN). Part of this goal is the study of computer-based systems from conference calls and intranets to more advanced ones like data warehouses, management information systems (MIS) and executive information systems (EIS), as enablers of knowledge flow and absorptive capacity. The paper examines four case studies based on semi-structured interviews, where the data collected highlight a good coverage of computer-based systems in function of knowledge sharing. In half of the cases, this is done internally in the plant and not over the network of plants. We propose to upgrade where possible the systems used in a distributed way to have data and information connections across the network. In some cases, emerge barriers such as lack of time, lack of tolerance for errors, or the need for assistance. Conclusions show that staff training related to computer-based systems in the optics of knowledge enablers is important for the companies, while the incentives are not considered as a key factor for knowledge transfer. 

 

Received: 15 July 2021 / Accepted: 23 September 2021 / Published: 3 January 2022

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Published

2022-01-03

How to Cite

Vukatana, K. ., Hoxha, E. ., & Sevrani, K. . (2022). Knowledge Transfer through Computer-based Systems in Manufacturing Networks: A Study on Albanian Plants . Academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, 11(1), 180. https://doi.org/10.36941/ajis-2022-0016

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