Knowledge transfer and entrepreneurial orientation: the mediating effect of the transactive memory system

Sergio J. Chión, Vincent Charles*, Luz Elvira Vásquez Luna

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The constant dynamism of the market forces companies to prepare and acquire knowledge and manage it properly, which in turn will allow them to achieve higher levels of modernity, stability, and solvency, thus improving their chances of survival. In this research paper, we aim to investigate the relationship between Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurial Orientation in light of the mediating role played by the Transactive Memory System. The Transactive Memory System is a variable that has been very little studied and understood, but which requires greater attention because it constitutes a common knowledge platform that is encoded, stored, retrieved, and exchanged among the members of the organisation to obtain specialised knowledge in the performance of tasks. To this aim, we use structural equation modelling and further analyse the mediation effect with alternative tests in a sample of 206 manufacturing MSMEs in Ecuador. Among others, the results indicate that the Transactive Memory System exerts a total mediation role between Knowledge Transfer and Entrepreneurial Orientation. Theoretical contributions and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1797-1829
Number of pages33
JournalTotal Quality Management and Business Excellence
Issue number14
Early online date26 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 03 Oct 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • consulting
  • entrepreneurial orientation
  • knowledge transfer
  • MSMEs
  • transactive memory system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Business,Management and Accounting


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