The effects of culture on knowledge management practice: a qualitative case study of MSC status companies

Goh, , Gerald Guan Gan1 and Charmaine, , Ryan and Gururajan,, Raj (2006) The effects of culture on knowledge management practice: a qualitative case study of MSC status companies. Kajian Malaysia (Journal of Malaysian Studies), 24 (1 & 2). pp. 97-128. ISSN E-ISSN: 2180-4273 Print ISSN: 0127-4082

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Abstract

Knowledge is recognised as being an important asset in organisations these days. Despite this, many organisations are not doing enough to effectively manage this important asset for its competitive advantage. In response to this, knowledge management which is defined as a process that effectively creates, captures, shares and uses organisation-wide knowledge to improve the organisation’s performance was conceived and has since gained widespread acceptance the world over. Despite its widespread acceptance, little is known about the current levels of knowledge management within the Malaysian context, in particular amongst the Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) status companies in Malaysia. Furthermore, the extent to which cultural factors impact upon knowledge management practice in these companies is not known. This study investigated the various cultural factors (collaboration, mutual trust, leadership and incentives/rewards) using a multiple case study approach operating within a critical realism research paradigm and found that these factors have impact on the level of knowledge management practice. The study also established that cultural factors do play an important role in facilitating knowledge management practice in these MSC status companies in Malaysia. It was found that collaboration, mutual trust, leadership, kiasu-ism and incentives/rewards have significant impact on the level of knowledge management practice. In view of the findings of this study, it is suggested that the relevant authorities pay adequate attention on these cultural factors to ensure that the knowledge management initiatives undertaken by Malaysian companies are effectively deployed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management
Depositing User: Ms Suzilawati Abu Samah
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 05:47
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2013 05:47
URI: http://shdl.mmu.edu.my/id/eprint/3790

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