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Factors That Contribute to Knowledge Sharing Within Research Based Organizations

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Title: Factors That Contribute to Knowledge Sharing Within Research Based Organizations
Author: Jennings, Barbara
Advisor(s): Gunawardena, Charlotte
Committee Member(s): Salisbury, Mark
Logsdon, Jeanne
Rajan, Mahesh
Department: University of New Mexico. Division of Educational Leadership and Organizational Learning
Subject(s): Knowledge Sharing, Knowledge Management, Technical Knowledge Sharing
LC Subject(s): Knowledge management
Organizational learning--Management
Intellectual capital--Management
Corporate culture
Research, Industrial--Management
Degree Level: Doctoral
Abstract: Organizations struggle with the need for an aggregate of the knowledge that is known by individuals in their employment. Generally this is knowledge that was gained through effort completed for the business. In the technical industry this is often emergent knowledge that is discovered through work experience and not always documented in general publication. Knowledge is acquired by an individual through personal endeavor and investment and is not always easily captured or shared with others. It is necessary for management to have access to this knowledge in order to make decisions that will provide the ability for an organization to respond to change, reduce the costs of redundant work and ultimately, remain competitive in their industry. Individuals need this knowledge to validate their technical direction, remain innovative, and ensure their productivity. Thus, knowledge must be shareable to be of optimal value to an organization. This study determined factors that contribute to individuals’ technical knowledge sharing and provides propositions for business processes that organizations can adopt to ensure that their technical knowledge will be shareable. Using constructivist grounded theory method of qualitative inquiry, fifteen individuals in technical organizations participated in interviews to determine the factors that affected their sharing of technical knowledge. Through open-ended questions, these participants shared their experiences and opinions of technical knowledge sharing. The findings in this study are presented in a theoretical framework comprised of 6 themes that emerged from the data gathered in the interviews. These themes define factors that contribute to technical knowledge sharing. These are: 1) sharing as a sense of responsibility, 2) values from knowledge sharing, 3) degree that sharing was affected by role, 4) impact of method on knowledge sharing, 5) obstacles to knowledge sharing, and 6) culture as it affects knowledge sharing. These themes are used to provide propositions for employers to consider when investing in technical knowledge sharing solutions for their organizations.
Graduation Date: July 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13155

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