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The influence of culture, organisational structure and motivational constructs on knowledge sharing public sector organisations

Mohamed, O, Egbu, CO and Arif, M 2009, The influence of culture, organisational structure and motivational constructs on knowledge sharing public sector organisations , in: Proceeding International Built Human Environment Research Week, 9th International Post Graduate Research Conference, 29-30 January 2009, Salford Quays, Greater Manchester, UK,.

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    Abstract

    Knowledge sharing is widely regarded as vital to organisational innovations. Knowledge itself is seen to provide real value when it is converted into economic and competitive advantage to organisations. In the same vein, organisational culture is considered to play a vital role in knowledge sharing initiatives. Culture can be argued to be rooted in an organization’s core values and assumptions. Often these are not only unarticulated, but so taken for granted. They are therefore difficult to articulate and ‘invisible’ to organizational members. This paper, inter alia, explores the extent to which organisational structure and culture act as barriers to the successful implementation of knowledge sharing initiatives. Based on a critical review of extant literature, the paper purports to provide an insight, into the role that culture plays in effective knowledge sharing in the public sector. It also highlights the impact of motivational constructs in effective sharing of knowledge in the public sector. It concludes that culture, motivation and organisational structure impact on knowledge sharing in many complex ways. Organisations need to give due cognisance to these complexities when implementing knowledge sharing initiatives and in addressing the measures for assessing the success of a knowledge sharing initiative. These complexities also raise interesting issues for research in the area. These are discussed and documented for the benefits of researchers in the area.

    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, knowledge sharing, motivation, organisational structure, public sector
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
    Built and Human Environment
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Management in Construction Research Centre (MIC)
    Journal or Publication Title: Proceeding International Built Human Environment Research Week, 9th International Post Graduate Research Conference,
    Publisher: University of Salford
    Refereed: Yes
    Depositing User: IN Mohd Zin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2010 14:42
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:02
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2809

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