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Knowledge management and innovative behavior: police reform efforts in Puerto Rico

Luis Castro (Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Maria Santos-Corrada (Business, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Division, Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Jose A. Flecha-Ortiz (Business, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Division, Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Evelyn Lopez (Business, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Division, Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Jose Gomez (Liberal Arts Division, Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)
Brunilda Aponte (Business, Tourism and Entrepreneurship Division, Universidad Ana G. Mendez Recinto de Gurabo, Gurabo, Puerto Rico)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 16 August 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Knowledge management has historically been approached in private firms as a key factor for business management. However, this is not the case for government institutions. The existing literature on the transfer of knowledge appears as a topic little addressed in government and even to a lesser degree within the police forces. This study aims to evaluate the relationship between motivation, knowledge absorption, knowledge transfer and innovative behavior in a public organization such as the Puerto Rico Police.

Design/methodology/approach

This quantitative research using the survey technique had the participation of 300 police officers from the 13 police regions of Puerto Rico and the research model was analyzed through partial least squares structural equation modeling.

Findings

The results contribute to the growth of the currently limited literature at identifies how motivation, knowledge absorption, knowledge transfer and institutional support influence innovative behavior.

Originality/value

The study discusses a series of implications on less explore the issue in how the transfer of knowledge becomes a key force to produce change and the success of all reforms. Various implications for the success of public administration in bringing a change from a bureaucratic culture to an advanced one are also discussed.

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Citation

Castro, L., Santos-Corrada, M., Flecha-Ortiz, J.A., Lopez, E., Gomez, J. and Aponte, B. (2021), "Knowledge management and innovative behavior: police reform efforts in Puerto Rico", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-02-2021-0133

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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