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Assessing the influence of knowledge management practices on organizational performance: An ISM approach

Jamini Ranjan Meher (Department of Business Administration, Sambalpur University, Burla, India)
Rohita Kumar Mishra (Department of Business Administration, Sambalpur University, Burla, India)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Publication date: 12 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to identify the contribution of knowledge management (KM) enablers for the organizational performance. It is difficult to measure the KM enablers, but there is sufficient reason for the contribution to employee empowerment, and indirect effects to employee commitment and organizational performance can be accessed.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper has addressed the following questions: What are the key attributes for the contribution of organizational performance? What is the role of KM enablers to the organizational performance? A systematic literature review was used to identify the KM enablers that drive organizational performance. The knowledge officers and software developers were invited to participate and respond to a survey based questionnaire to establish the important attributes of KM effectiveness. Interpretive-structural modelling was used to develop and determine the relationship between the identified enablers.

Findings

Organizational learning, clients’ review and organizational culture are the important variables for the implementation of KM practices. Moreover, both knowledge sharing and knowledge integration are responsible for employee empowerment and indirectly they accelerate the essence of employee commitment and organizational performance. Clients’ review plays a vital role in identifying the quality issues of the product and services.

Research limitations/implications

The research findings and conclusions must be seen in the context of profiles of the respondents and the organization they belongs to. The respondents are limited to HR professionals of IT firms and software developers.

Practical implications

KM enablers can lead to minimization of clients complain and make them satisfied for using the product. KM effort can also redirect toward the innovation for the improvement of product design and quality.

Originality/value

The study used interpretive-structural modelling for identifying the enablers and making a proper plan for the systematic knowledge acquisition process. The study is useful for KM professionals in developing and implementing KM systems and processes in the field of their respective domains to improve organizational performance.

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Citation

Meher, J.R. and Mishra, R.K. (2019), "Assessing the influence of knowledge management practices on organizational performance: An ISM approach", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 49 No. 3, pp. 440-456. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-04-2019-0050

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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