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Modeling and Managing the Preconditions for Effective Knowledge Sharing

Modeling and Managing the Preconditions for Effective Knowledge Sharing
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Author(s): W. Andrew Taylor (University of Bradford, UK) and G. H. Wright (Liverpool John Moores University, UK)
Copyright: 2004
Pages: 4
Source title: Innovations Through Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-261-9.ch003
ISBN13: 9781616921255
EISBN13: 9781466665347

Abstract

Knowledge sharing is a key component of knowledge management, yet very few empirical studies have investigated the conditions that significantly influence its effectiveness. The objective of this paper is to test an empirical model of knowledge sharing that we had derived previously from a public sector study. The model comprises of six latent factors: an innovative climate created by an open leadership style, a capacity to reflect and learn, information quality, satisfaction with change processes, a performance orientation, and a vision for change. By renewed application of the model in a private sector firm, we present results to support the latent structure, and we demonstrate the significant relationships of the constructs to a measure of knowledge sharing effectiveness. Finally, the paper discusses how this model may be used to improve the success of knowledge management by proactive management intervention.

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