Organisational Knowledge Sustainability


  • Vivien Vágner -
  • Andrea Bencsik University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary



The objective of the research aims to develop a theoretical model to illustrate the knowledge sustainability. It is an essential and up to date area, but there is only a few academic research on it at the moment. One of the objectives of writing this piece is to help for organisations to be able to identify the key knowledge that is important and relevant to them (which should and must be preserved for future generations), and to determine who possesses this knowledge.

Knowledge that has become redundant needs to be shared with staff and organisations, which requires a correct definition of organisational memory.

In this way, it is worth considering how to share the knowledge that will be needed in the long term between different generations, a task that can be particularly challenging given the digital divide. The long-term sustainability of organisations can be achieved through knowledge management, although the sustainability of knowledge is a precondition for the symbiosis of this relationship.   Specifically, it is valuable to explore how can the sustainability of knowledge be solved, what kind of knowledge management tools, leadership behaviour or cultural background is required?

Practically, in our study search for the answer to the question of how knowledge management can promote organisational sustainability, and how organisations can use knowledge management tools to influence the attitudes and actions of employees in relation to knowledge sustainability.

It is necessary to explore the concepts of sustainability and knowledge. The authors present the meaning of the junction of these two words (Knowledge + Sustainability).

Based on this exploration, the authors present their definition of knowledge sustainability and a possible analytical model.

The authors analyse which success factors contribute most to making knowledge sustainable.

One of the major findings of the research the relationship between trust, ethics, and knowledge sustainability. In addition, the authors sought to present the research model they have developed.