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Factors Affecting Employee Knowledge Acquisition and Application Capabilities

Kim, Soonhee / Lee, Hyangsoo

Abstract

Purpose
– The paper aims to analyze the influences of organizational context and information technology (IT) applications on employees' perceptions of knowledge acquisition and application capabilities in five public and five private sector organizations in South Korea.

Design/methodology/approach
– The paper analyzes how employees' perceptions of organizational context and IT affect employee knowledge acquisition and application capabilities in five public and five private sector organizations in South Korea. It discusses the results of regression analyses based on a survey of 322 public and private employees that explored their perceptions of organizational vision and goals, social networks, centralization, performance‐based reward systems, the usage of IT applications, and knowledge acquisition and application capabilities.

Findings
– The results of a survey of public and private employees show that clear organizational vision and goals, social networks, and employee usage of IT applications are all positively associated with high levels of employee knowledge acquisition and application capabilities. Centralization, however, was negatively associated with employee knowledge acquisition and application capabilities. Social network and IT application utilization were both positively associated with public employees' knowledge acquisition and application capabilities. Performance‐based reward systems were positively associated with private employees' knowledge application capabilities only.

Originality/value
– In 2000, the South Korean Government established a special task committee to develop knowledge management systems (KMS) in the public sector and to initiate KM strategies. Since 1997, major South Korean corporations have been developing KM information systems to allow employees to quickly respond to complex and evolving domestic and international market environments. Some of the knowledge management practices effectively implemented in these corporations have been selected as benchmarks for developing the government KMS in the South Korean Government. However, there is limited research on comparative studies of the factors affecting employee KM capabilities in public organizations and private in South Korea.

Issue Date
2010
Publisher
Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Keywords
Knowledge management; Human resource management; Public sector organizations; Private sector organizations; Employee attitudes; South Korea
Citation
Asia Pacific Journal of Business Administration, v.2, no.2, pp.133 - 152, 2010
DOI
10.1108/17574321011078184
Journal Title
Asia Pacific Journal of Business Administration
Start Page
133
End Page
152
ISSN
1757-4323
Language
English
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