Knowledge and organisational success: developing a scale of knowledge framework

David Edgar, Peter Duncan, Mohammed Abdullah M Almohammedali

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    Abstract

    The aim of this exploratory research is to understand further how organisations can evaluate their activities, which generate knowledge creation, to meet changing stakeholder expectations. A Scale of Knowledge (SoK) Framework is proposed which links knowledge management and organisational activities to changing stakeholder expectations. The framework was informed by the knowledge management literature, as well as empirical work conducted via a single case study of a multi-site hospital organisation in Saudi Arabia. Eight in-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with managers from across the organisation regarding current and future stakeholder expectations, organisational strategy/activities and knowledge management. Data were analysed using thematic analysis and a hierarchical value map technique to identify activities that can produce further knowledge and consequently impact on how stakeholder expectations are met. The SoK Framework developed may be useful to practitioners as an analytical aid to determine if current organisational activities produce organisational knowledge which helps them meet (increasingly higher levels of) stakeholder expectations. The limitations of the research and avenues for future development of the proposed framework are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1322-1328
    Number of pages9
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Keywords

    • knowledge creation
    • knowledge management
    • organisational knowledge
    • scale of knowledge
    • knowledge impact

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