Conference Paper

Linking congenital learning with organizational performance through work-life balance culture

Conference Proceeding cp
Proceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM
  • Volumen: 2
  • Fecha: 20 December 2012
  • Páginas: 1275-1283
  • ISSN: 20488963 20488971
  • ISBN: 9781908272638
  • Source Type: Conference Proceeding
  • Document Type: Conference Paper
This paper examines the role of congenital knowledge processes as a driver of an organization's work life balance culture, and as a subsequent source of its competitive advantage. A possible explanation for the numerous failures in theimplementation and use of work life balance (WLB) practices may relate to the fact that the majority of companies have introduced them without exploring the nature and extent of their founders or owners prior knowledge of WLB and WLB practices. Congenital learning explains the phenomenon of how knowledge from founder-progeny relationships moves through an organization. This paper analyses the founderprogeny knowledge transfer, the founder-progeny knowledge transformation and the presence of an open organizational context, and the impact of this congenital learning on the WLB culture and further it tries to identify whether WLB culture impacts on the business performance through an empirical study of 229 SMEs inthe Spanish metal industry. Our findings show that in order to create positive attitudes toward WLB, managers need to create and support a congenital learning framework. These findings provide interesting insights into the drivers of organisational performance for SMEs developing and supporting a WLB-supporting culture.

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