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A Knowledge Contribution Model to a Knowledge Management System

A Knowledge Contribution Model to a Knowledge Management System
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Author(s): George W. Stewart (University of the West Indies, Jamaica) and Evan W. Duggan (University of Alabama, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 4
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch052
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


An organization’s capability to amalgamate and disseminate its intellectual capital to enhance organizational learning and decision-making – knowledge management (KM) - is linked to the long-term viability of many firms and is becoming increasingly dependent on the contributions of employees. In this paper, we explore the motivations for the continual non-perfunctory contribution of knowledge to knowledge management systems and propose a success model, with Knowledge Contribution as the major variable of interest and Individual Belief Structure and Organizational Context as key antecedents of success. While some components of the model have been empirically tested in prior research, the knowledge contribution construct remains unexplored. We therefore derive several propositions from this model to form the basis for future evaluation of this key KM success factor.

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