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The conceptions of knowledge and sharing from the perspectives of the Libyan ICT small firms’ employees : the findings of open-ended questions

Allali, B and Kulatunga, U 2015, The conceptions of knowledge and sharing from the perspectives of the Libyan ICT small firms’ employees : the findings of open-ended questions , in: IPGRC 2015: 12th International postgraduate research conference, University of Salford, Salford, UK.

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Abstract

Development and rapid changes in business and technology environments have changed the methods and resources which business firms employ to accomplish their aims and make their profits. This, in turn, has paved the way toward the emergence of new concepts such as knowledge sharing. It is a fact that knowledge is now seen as a major source in supporting not only the development of, but also the productivity purposes within, business organizations (including ICT firms). Knowledge is also seen as a major capital resource in achieving competitive advantage and innovation. In Libya, ICT SMEs are either public or private. The business of these firms has been influenced by the rapid changes in the universal business environment and by the development of the technology sector. In addition, after the Libyan Revolution in 2011 a new trend towards promoting the knowledge economy was promoted by the Minster of Communication and the new government in order to stimulate the ICT sector and to lead the change from the current status of the Libyan economy towards a knowledge economy. In this sense, preparing ICT SMEs’ capital resources to tackle such a mission requires an understanding of the meaning of knowledge and sharing as they are conceived by professionals who are working in the targeted firms. This paper presents the themes which emerged from two open-ended questions concerning the meanings of knowledge and sharing as conceptions. The themes and the sub-themes were drawn from 118 responses that was the total number of received completed valid questionnaires. The findings suggest that the meanings of knowledge and sharing are various. However, in terms of knowledge, the following themes were recognized: the meaning of knowledge, the sources of knowledge, knowledge components, the method of knowledge creation, the condition of knowledge creation and the possible benefits. On the other hand, in order to understand the meaning of sharing, there is a need to understand the context of sharing, the motivation to share, the type of knowledge to be shared, the operation of sharing and its benefits. The extracted sub-themes showed the variations of the conceptions and their related themes. The themes and their sub-themes were compared and discussed with the findings in current related literature. The results suggest intersecting understandings and meanings.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructures & Sustainable Environments (UPRISE)
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Udayangani Kulatunga
Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2015 16:10
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 16:10
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/37279

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