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The relationship between knowledge sharing and organizational culture : Theoretical framework

Allali, B, Kulatunga, U and Keraminiyage, KP 2014, 'The relationship between knowledge sharing and organizational culture : Theoretical framework' , Built and Human Environment Review: Special Issue on Culture and People in Science and Technology, 7 (1) .

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Abstract

Although knowledge sharing and organisational culture are two different concepts, there is a significant relationship between them. Factors such as communication and trust between staff, reward systems, information systems and organisational structures within organisational cultures have been identified as having an influence on the success or the failure of the knowledge sharing process in the business organisations. In many organisations, in the context of ICT firms, knowledge sharing has been identified as a significant factor that provides benefits such as improving organisational performance, promoting competitive advantage, enhancing organisational learning and innovation and in some cases; as a survival issue. This paper discusses the current understanding and perspectives of organisational culture and knowledge sharing with particular reference to ICT companies. The paper further discusses the possible elements of organisational culture which have been shown to influence the process of knowledge sharing. A comprehensive literature review and synthesis of studies and articles have been consulted to extract the major themes used to develop an initial theoretical framework that integrates organisational culture and knowledge sharing in ICT business organizations. Nevertheless, the researchers would not claim that the suggested theoretical framework will be applicable unless it has been evaluated and compared with the practice-based framework which will be generated once the research outcomes are articulated bear in mind that the researchers aim in their research to “Explore the influences of organizational culture on knowledge sharing processes in ICT firms in Libya”.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Journal or Publication Title: Built and Human Environment Review: Special Issue on Culture and People in Science and Technology
Publisher: Built and Human Environment Review
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1759-0574
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Udayangani Kulatunga
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2015 17:56
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2015 01:20
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/35598

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