The strategic turnaround of traditional SMEs in Portugal in a time of economic downturn: a knowledge management perspective

This project aims to identify and conceptualise the extent to which knowledge management related core competences (e.g. sustaining absorptive capacity, innovation and knowledge integration, the balance between knowledge exploration and knowledge exploitation) formed the basis for the strategic turnaround of SMEs operating in low tech traditional sectors in Portugal, notably through the transition from a low-cost oriented strategy to a focused differentiation based strategy, aimed at the high end of the market, and sustained by a new understanding of the market.

Sponsor: The Information School's Distinguished Scholar Scheme and the Santander Research Mobility Award

Project partners: ISEGI (Lisbon School of Economics and Management)

KIM team: Jorge Martins and Ana Vasconcelos.