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Measuring the reliability of knowledge management: Instrument development and validation

Roozbeh Hesamamiri (Industrial Engineering Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mohammad Mahdavi Mazdeh (Industrial Engineering Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)
Mostafa Jafari (Industrial Engineering Department, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran)

Aslib Proceedings

ISSN: 0001-253X

Article publication date: 16 September 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

As a way of assessing the ability of organizations to discover and manage unexpected failures in organizational capabilities of knowledge management (KM), this study aims to develop a measurement instrument that involves the five reliability dimensions of preoccupation with failure, reluctance to simplify interpretations, sensitivity to operations, commitment to resilience, and deference to expertise.

Design/methodology/approach

To generate measurement items, previous research related to organizational reliability, high reliability theory, mindfulness, and required organizational capabilities of KM was reviewed. The measurement instrument was then verified in terms of reliability and validity, empirically using data from 240 companies in North America. Internal consistency of measurements, measurement item reliability, and construct reliability were examined to ensure the reliability of the instrument. Based on confirmatory factor analysis using structural equation modelling, construct validity was also tested.

Findings

The reliability evaluation instrument for KM suggested in this study was constructed with four dimensions, preoccupation with failure in KM, sensitivity to KM operations, commitment to resilience in KM, and deference to expertise. The related measurement items were also identified.

Practical implications

This instrument is useful for researchers and executives looking for appropriate outcomes through the implementation of KM initiatives. Furthermore, the study provides a starting point for further research on KM reliability.

Originality/value

To date, while many of the KM success or failure studies have relied on developing success factors or organizational capability requirements, few studies have been conducted to identify evaluation measures that can assess the cognitive infrastructure that enables simultaneous adaptive learning and provides organizational reliability infrastructure through the management of unwanted, unanticipated, and unexplainable failures in KM-required capabilities.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank the Editor and anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions to improve the early version of the paper.

Citation

Hesamamiri, R., Mahdavi Mazdeh, M. and Jafari, M. (2013), "Measuring the reliability of knowledge management: Instrument development and validation", Aslib Proceedings, Vol. 65 No. 5, pp. 484-502. https://doi.org/10.1108/AP-04-2013-0029

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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