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Employee knowledge profiles – a mixed-research methods approach

Maria José Sousa () and Miguel González-Loureiro ()

Information Systems Frontiers, 2016, vol. 18, issue 6, No 6, 1103-1117

Abstract: Abstract The purpose of this paper is to identify different knowledge profiles in organizations and to analyze their contribution to innovation. This is done by analyzing how knowledge is integrated within the work processes by groups of workers with different characteristics (i.e. knowledge profiles). The paper uses a combination of qualitative analysis with quantitative analysis. Using Action Research methodology, several semi-structured group interviews were performed and a questionnaire was applied to employees of two organizations. In order to identify the employee’s profiles, different groups were found by means of a factorial analysis, which resulted in specific knowledge profiles. The major finding of this research was the identification of several knowledge profiles - Innovators, Integrators, Organizers and Facilitators,. An important conclusion is that integration of knowledge in day-by-day practices can boost innovation. The collection of evidences carried out helped to identify ways of integrating knowledge through the implementation of knowledge sharing routines and promotion of collaborative activities in systematic transfer processes, including problem-solving routines and participation in improvement, quality and maintenance projects.

Keywords: Knowledge management; Organization; profiles; Innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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DOI: 10.1007/s10796-016-9626-1

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