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Publication date: 12 January 2015

Sawsan Taha H. Dulayami and Lyn Robinson

The purpose of this paper is to report a study which investigates some factors in the current state of knowledge management (KM) in Saudi Arabia, and to consider the…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report a study which investigates some factors in the current state of knowledge management (KM) in Saudi Arabia, and to consider the relevance of the findings for KM and information sharing generally.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey of Saudi Arabia private companies with a KM policy was carried out, and the issues raised were investigated further by literature analysis.

Findings

Issues examined include the effect of demographics, the balance between human and digital resources, the relation between KM and organisational learning, the effect of the cultural context, the nature of reward for knowledge sharing, including enhancement of self-worth, and the relation between the personal and individual, and the collective and social.

Research limitations/implications

The survey has a self-selected convenience sample, which is rather skewed demographically. The literature analysis is selective rather than comprehensive.

Originality/value

Presents an analysis of some general issues of KM and information sharing through the lens of one cultural context.

Details

Journal of Documentation, vol. 71 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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