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An investigation into knowledge acquisition idiosyncrasies in Ghanaian universities

Henry Boateng (Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Michael Dzigbordi Dzandu (Informatics Research Centre: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting, University of Reading, Reading, UK)
Yinshan Tang (Informatics Research Centre: Business Informatics, Systems and Accounting, University of Reading, Reading, UK)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 4 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to fill the research and knowledge gap in knowledge management studies in Ghana. Knowledge acquisition is one of the unexploited areas in knowledge management literature, especially in the Ghanaian context. This study tries to ascertain the factors affecting knowledge acquisition in Ghanaian universities.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used the quantitative approach. The cross-sectional survey was adopted as the research design. A questionnaire consisting of Likert scale questions was used to collect data from the respondents. The items and the constructs were derived from the extant literature. The questionnaire was sent to 350 respondents, out of which 250 were returned fully completed. Data were quantitatively analysed using descriptive methods and factor analysis.

Findings

This study provides empirical evidence about the factors affecting knowledge acquisition in Ghanaian universities. Findings from the study show that programme content, lecturers’ competence, student academic background and attitude and facilities for teaching and learning influence knowledge acquisition in Ghanaian universities.

Research limitations/implications

Although the study seeks to generalize the findings, this should be cautiously done, as some scholars have advocated for large sample size. Nonetheless, there are some studies that have used sample size less than the one used in this study.

Practical implications

The study takes notice of the need for Ghanaian universities to use modern facilities and infrastructures such as electronic libraries and information technology equipment and also provide reading rooms to enhance teaching and learning.

Originality/value

Studies looking at knowledge acquisition in Ghanaian universities are virtually non-existent, and this study provides empirical findings on the factors affecting knowledge acquisition in Ghanaian universities.

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Citation

Boateng, H., Dzigbordi Dzandu, M. and Tang, Y. (2014), "An investigation into knowledge acquisition idiosyncrasies in Ghanaian universities", VINE, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 579-591. https://doi.org/10.1108/VINE-08-2013-0045

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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