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Classification of human resources based on measurement of tacit knowledge: An empirical study in Iran

Mostafa Jafari (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Peyman Akhavan (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Mozhden Nourizadeh (Department of Industrial Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran)

Journal of Management Development

ISSN: 0262-1711

Article publication date: 5 April 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate employees of an organization in order to evaluate and classify them based on their tacit knowledge. Therefore, in this paper, staff's tacit knowledge is measured at the individual level, in automotive sector.

Design/methodology/approach

Repertory grid technique has been used as a mechanism to aid the elicitation and evaluation of individuals’ personal constructs. Then, Pathfinder analysis was carried out to examine the individual's knowledge structure. The similarities between knowledge structure of expert and novice was measured by the set‐theoretic index C, in order to classify staff and ultimately, for analysis of each group, Idiogrid software was used.

Findings

Based on closeness index, all employees were classified into four categories. Respondent's perceptions were evaluated by comparing the mental model graphs of the individuals in different categories with experts’ graphs. Ultimately, the best or the most effective HR practices were determined for managing knowledge workers.

Research limitations/implications

This study may help HRM department to differentiate between low and high‐performing employees for determining the most effective HR practices to manage staff. Furthermore, it has significant implications in team building and designing a knowledge map within organizations.

Originality/value

This paper reveals effective linkages between human resource management and knowledge management.

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Citation

Jafari, M., Akhavan, P. and Nourizadeh, M. (2013), "Classification of human resources based on measurement of tacit knowledge: An empirical study in Iran", Journal of Management Development, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 376-403. https://doi.org/10.1108/02621711311326374

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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