KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIVENESS OF MANUFACTURING COMPANIES IN EDO STATE, NIGERIA
This research paper studied the impact of knowledge management strategies on the technological innovativeness of bottled water companies in Edo State, Nigeria. The specific objectives of this study were to examine the effect of knowledge acquisition on administrative innovation, and the effect of knowledge utilization on administrative innovation. A survey research design was employed for this study, with a population of 192 employees from the six bottled water companies selected in Edo State, Nigeria. A total of 117 questionnaires were correctly filled and returned, data were collected with the help of administered questionnaires, while hypotheses analysis was done using correlation and multiple regression analysis. The findings revealed that knowledge acquisition and knowledge utilization both have a positive impact on administrative innovation and on technical innovation. The researcher, however, concluded that knowledge management strategies have an impact on technological innovation. It was on this basis that the researchers recommended that organizational management should encourage innovative ideas that will improve administrative processes and product improvement.