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A Unique Investigation of Knowledge Transfer Practices within the Muslim Business Community in Edinburgh

Fascia, Michael



The aim of this research was to understand the dynamisms relating to knowledge transfer processes and practices, which exist within a business community in Edinburgh Scotland. The methodology used within this study was a unique design methodology to include 20 in-depth interviews with participants from four local organizations. The sample group consisted of males aged between 20 and 70. The sample was selected to include people with different levels of management experiences. Data were analyzed using framework analysis but interpreted using a unique and multifaceted lens (POPC). Results indicated that knowledge transfer practices within this participant group are derived by continuous identification and filling of knowledge gaps from the participants' real world view. Definitions of knowledge and barriers to transfer have no justification for existence within this sphere of individual or collective perspective. Definition of a standard knowledge transfer practice within the participant group was inconclusive, if reflected from modern organizational theory. Transfer of knowledge was enacted using unfamiliar network collaborations and previously undocumented knowledge frameworks. Knowledge transfer stakeholders, gatekeepers and participants of all levels should be encouraged to understand and appreciate alternative aspects of management theory. This could align business methods currently enacted within the groups and businesses studied. Further study could then reconsider the complex relationship between social group dynamics and organizational efficiency as an individual topic.


Fascia, M. (2015). A Unique Investigation of Knowledge Transfer Practices within the Muslim Business Community in Edinburgh. Management Studies and Economic Systems, 1(4), 229-246

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 19, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 1, 2015
Publication Date 2015
Deposit Date Mar 15, 2018
Publicly Available Date Aug 22, 2019
Journal Management Studies and Economic Systems (MSES)
Print ISSN 2408-9583
Electronic ISSN 2313-5166
Publisher Zainab Arabian Research Society For Multidisciplinary Issues (ZARSMI)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Issue 4
Pages 229-246
Keywords Knowledge; Knowledge transfer; Business; Culture; Religion; Business practices
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