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Awareness of the Concepts of Knowledge-based Economy and Organization within Romanian SMEs


  • Daniel URÎTU

    () (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • ?tefan-Florin CORCODEL

    () (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)

  • Ion Alexandru TÃNASE

    () (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, Romania)


The lack of overall competitiveness of Romanian SMEs, compared to the results of European firms, is the direct result of the limited access to economic, legal, technological and management knowledge. The transition to a knowledge-based economy has not been the same for every country in the world. Romanian organizational environment could not make an exception to the global trend of contemporary orientation towards knowledge, but, in the absence of policy options, this was manifested unsystematic, being localized mainly in the informal plan. Based on these facts, this paper aims to highlight the proportion of Romanian entrepreneurs that are familiar with the concepts of knowledge based economy and organization and the characteristics of the organizations they lead, taking into account results that span over a period of five years. The results obtained in the current research reveal a negative trend of the awareness of the concept of knowledge based economy and organization among Romanian entrepreneurs over the research period. The characteristics of the SMEs that are familiarized with the concept of knowledge based economy and organization, are frequently changing. Therefore, taking into consideration the criteria that were used in the current research (age, size, type of SMEs and level of education of entrepreneurs), it is impossible to make a general profile of the firms that are familiarized with this concept.

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  • Daniel URÎTU & ?tefan-Florin CORCODEL & Ion Alexandru TÃNASE, 2017. "Awareness of the Concepts of Knowledge-based Economy and Organization within Romanian SMEs," REVISTA DE MANAGEMENT COMPARAT INTERNATIONAL/REVIEW OF INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE MANAGEMENT, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 18(1), pages 53-62, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:rmcimn:v:18:y:2017:i:1:p:53-62

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    knowledge-based economy; knowledge-based organization; SMEs.;

    JEL classification:

    • M10 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - General
    • M20 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Economics - - - General


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