Positioning organisational culture in knowledge management research

Said Abdullah Al Saifi (International Business Administration, Nizwa College of Applied Sciences, Nizwa, Oman)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 7 April 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to propose a conceptual model for understanding the impact of organisational culture on knowledge management processes and their link with organisational performance. It is suggested that organisational culture should be assessed as a multi-level construct comprising artefacts, espoused beliefs and values and underlying assumptions. A holistic view of organisational culture and knowledge management processes, and their link with organisational performance, is presented.

Design/methodology/approach

A comprehensive review of previous literature was undertaken in the development of the conceptual model. Taken together, the literature and the proposed model reveal possible relationships between organisational culture, knowledge management processes and organisational performance.

Findings

Potential implications of organisational culture levels for the creation, sharing and application of knowledge are elaborated. In addition, the paper offers possible new insight into the impact of organisational culture on various knowledge management processes and their link with organisational performance.

Research limitations/implications

A number of possible relationships between organisational culture factors, knowledge management processes and their link with organisational performance were used to examine such relationships.

Practical implications

The research model highlights the multi-level components of organisational culture. These are: the artefacts, the espoused beliefs and values and the underlying assumptions. Through a conceptualisation of the relationships between organisational culture, knowledge management processes and organisational performance, the study provides practical guidance for practitioners during the implementation of knowledge management processes.

Originality/value

The focus of previous research on knowledge management has been on understanding organisational culture from the limited perspective of promoting knowledge creation and sharing. This paper proposes a more comprehensive approach to understanding organisational culture in that it draws on artefacts, espoused beliefs and values and underlying assumptions, and reveals their impact on the creation, sharing and application of knowledge which can affect the overall organisational performance.

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Citation

Al Saifi, S.A. (2015), "Positioning organisational culture in knowledge management research", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 164-189. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-07-2014-0287

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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