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A study on the perception of POKM as the organizational knowledge sharing enabler

Siew Hoong Angela Lee (Department of Information Systems, Sunway University, Selangor, Malaysia)
Tong-Ming Lim (Department of Information Systems, Sunway University, Selangor, Malaysia)

VINE

ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 11 May 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the perception of knowledge workers on practice of knowledge management (POKM) as an organizational knowledge sharing enabler in an information technology shared services company to understand issues faced and provide recommendations on different technological characteristics of the system.

Design/methodology/approach

The initial stage of the research involved a preliminary review of the existing knowledge management-related documents. This was followed by a top management interview to understand the organization’s business goals and knowledge management (KM) expectations. A total of 70 knowledge workers took part in the research activity. Twenty-five participants from nine departments took part in the preliminary interview, and 52 successful survey forms were collected from a total of 70 respondents. The entire investigation took close to nine months. Data compilation and research result analysis took about three months to complete.

Findings

The outcomes of the research show that the quality of POKM is stable, easy to use and organization of the content is rated as good. However, POKM has poor response time and search capability. The content is found to be difficult to locate in the POKM but most participants agree that knowledge stored in the POKM is helpful, can be accessed anytime and anywhere and useful for their day-to-day job. As for the user interface, POKM is not very pleasant to use with a weak set of functions and features. For user satisfaction toward POKM, it is shown that users are not satisfied with the efficiency and effectiveness of the systems. However, employees generally are satisfied with the ease of access, download and reuse of knowledge contains in POKM. In term of perceived POKM benefits, users agree that POKM is an enabler for acquiring new knowledge and innovative ideas, managing and storing knowledge and accomplishing tasks more efficiently. Lastly, knowledge users agree that POKM functions enable knowledge networking, sharing and creation in the organization.

Originality/value

POKM was launched and implemented for close to 10 years; however, the organization has failed to achieve some of the goals such as knowledge sharing among employees, creation of new skills and knowledge, measuring knowledge sharing activities and knowledge sharing strategy. The importance of this study is to understand and highlight the technological perspective of POKM from the knowledge workers. Findings will summarize issues faced by the case company for further action and remedy. The outcomes of the study also provide a comprehensive view and guideline to organizations who are interested to implement a KM system.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank Sunway ITSSC Sdn Bhd for providing the researchers with documentations and an in-depth understanding on POKM and knowledge practices to carry out a detailed investigation successfully.

Citation

Angela Lee, S.H. and Lim, T.-M. (2015), "A study on the perception of POKM as the organizational knowledge sharing enabler", VINE, Vol. 45 No. 2, pp. 292-318. https://doi.org/10.1108/VINE-09-2013-0052

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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