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Facilitating knowledge management through information technology in hospitality organizations

Fevzi Okumus (Rosen College of Hospitality Management, The University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida, USA)

Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology

ISSN: 1757-9880

Article publication date: 15 March 2013




This paper aims to discuss how hospitality organizations can facilitate knowledge management (KM) better through information technology (IT) tools.


The paper is developed based on a synthesis of previous literature.


Knowledge can be seen as one of the key assets for hospitality organizations. Therefore, KM can help hospitality organizations create and sustain a competitive advantage. Use of IT applications can assist in creating, storing, transferring and using tacit and explicit knowledge. Hospitality organizations can use numerous IT tools in their KM practices, which include competency databases, decision support systems, online search systems, expert networks, e‐mail, groupware, teleconference, intranet, WWW, document management systems, video conferences, data warehousing, and workflow software.

Research limitations/implications

Rather than looking at IT applications from a tactical and operational point of view, this article suggests that hospitality organizations need to view their IT initiatives strategically. It is important to connect such IT application with other ones and search for synergies among them and management practices to optimize these elements, and so that tacit and explicit knowledge from different functional areas and management levels can be created, stored, transferred, and used efficiently and effectively. To achieve this, hospitality organizations not only need to create a supportive organizational culture and structure, but also train and motivate their team members to manage knowledge through IT applications.


This is one of the first studies in the hospitality field that offers discussions and recommendations on how hospitality organizations can better facilitate KM through IT. This paper provides discussions on potential challenges in utilizing IT tools in KM initiatives in hospitality organizations. The article further offers theoretical and practical implications, which should be useful for hospitality executives, researchers, educators, and students.



Okumus, F. (2013), "Facilitating knowledge management through information technology in hospitality organizations", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 4 No. 1, pp. 64-80.



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