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KM culture and compromise - interventions to promote knowledge sharing supported by technology in corporate environments.

Hall, Hazel and Goody, Melanie (2007) KM culture and compromise - interventions to promote knowledge sharing supported by technology in corporate environments. Journal of Information Science, 33 (2). pp. 181-188. ISSN 0165-5515

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Abstract/Description

The theme of knowledge sharing is discussed extensively in the knowledge management literature. Such work tends to focus on the barriers that impede knowledge sharing activity. Of these “culture” is commonly cited as a major obstacle. This article examines what is meant by the term “culture”. In the context of efforts to promote good practice in knowledge management, it is argued that straightforward reference to culture as barrier to knowledge sharing is inadequate. Rather, firms should be looking at power issues and, in particular, organisational politics to explain success and failure in attempts to motivate knowledge sharing. The domain of sociotechnical studies is considered as a means of unpicking cultural issues at work in specific environments through the deployment of actor-network theory to identify shifting organisational power relationships.
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Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0165-5515
Electronic ISSN: 1741-6485
Uncontrolled Keywords: actor- network theory; knowledge management; knowledge sharing; organisational behaviour; power issues; sociotechnical studies
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Computing
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Item ID: 3404
Depositing User: Computing Research
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2010 14:36
Last Modified: 14 Mar 2013 14:58
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/3404

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