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A knowledge management framework for effective integration of national archives resources in China

Xiaomi An (School of Information Resources Management, Smart City Research Center at Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Wenlin Bai (Business School, Nankai University, Tianjin, China)
Hepu Deng (School of Business Information Technology and Logistics, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia)
Shuyang Sun (School of Information Resources Management, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Wenrui Zhong (School of Information Resources Management, Renmin University of China, Beijing, China)
Yu Dong (Economics and Management College, Beijing Institute of Petrochemical Technology, Beijing, China)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Article publication date: 9 January 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between different mechanisms for integrating national archival resources, leading to the development of a knowledge management-based framework for facilitating the optimal utilization of national archives resources in China.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopts a mixed-methods approach consisting of a review of existing mechanisms for integrating national archival resources and site visits and interviews for investigating the effectiveness of these mechanisms in real world practices for managing and utilizing national archives resources in China.

Findings

The knowledge management-based framework is shown to be useful for building interdependence, interconnections and interactions between diversified integration mechanisms to meet national, societal and public needs in China. The framework is significant for rearranging the role of knowledge management in collaboration to protect the value of national archives resources as the knowledge asset of a state. It can reengineer the knowledge management activities in communication to share the value of national archives resources as the knowledge asset of a society. Furthermore, the framework can reconfigure knowledge management artifacts in connectivity to increase the value of national archives resources as the knowledge asset of the public.

Research limitations/implications

The review of the related literature is selective rather than comprehensive, and the interviews are based on a self-selected convenience sample, which is rather skewed demographically.

Practical implications

The proposed framework can be used to guide the development of a national strategy for the effective integration of national archives resources to promote a better delivery of public-centric knowledge services in a specific society.

Originality/value

This study provides a knowledge management framework for the effective integration of national archives resources toward their optimal utilization. It contributes to the examination of the role of different integration mechanisms in interactive knowledge management processes and the advancement of academic debate on the effectiveness of these mechanisms for the integration of national archives resources to facilitate their optimal utilization in China.

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Acknowledgements

This research is financially supported by The National Social Science Foundation of China Major Program (Project No. 13 &ZD 184) and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, and the Research Funds of Renmin University of China (No. 15XNLQ08), the Tianjin Social Science Foundation Program (No. TJTQ160002Q) and the China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (No. 2016M601258).

Citation

An, X., Bai, W., Deng, H., Sun, S., Zhong, W. and Dong, Y. (2017), "A knowledge management framework for effective integration of national archives resources in China", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 73 No. 1, pp. 18-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/JD-04-2016-0040

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