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Advisors: Ato Getachew Jemaneh
Keywords: Information science
Copyright: Jun-2011
Date Added: 30-Jul-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: Knowledge has been recognized as an important asset for sustaining competitive advantage. Recently, organizations, such as those in academics and business are turning to the use of the intangible intellectual source of economy, which is knowledge, in order to be competitive over the world. Therefore, to be competing needs to acquire, utilize and share knowledge. Sharing knowledge is the main backbone of knowledge management, because having knowledge is meaningless unless it is shared and allowed it to be used by others. The study investigated the knowledge sharing culture among employees of Mesfin Industrial Engineering (MIE). In addition, the study identified factors that affect knowledge sharing and mechanisms of knowledge sharing in the organization. Finally, the study came up with the possible models of knowledge sharing which could enhance the performance of the organization. Mixed method of data collection, which employs both quantitative and qualitative methods, was used from March to April 2011. A self-administered questionnaire was distributed to a total of 180 employees in the organization. The data was cleaned, coded and fed to SPSS Version 16.0 and was analyzed using t-value and factor analysis. The findings show that males understand and practice knowledge sharing better. And, employees between the ages of 25 and 34 and with an education level of bachelor’s degree understand knowledge sharing in the organization better. The result also shows, IT infrastructures, personal benefits, management problems, attitude and willingness of individuals, skills and knowledge storage mechanisms are the critical factors that affect knowledge sharing in the organization. The study concludes that, since knowledge sharing is very important for organizations to enhance their performance, top managers should give value to it and they have to link it with rewards, recognitions and some benefits that motivate the employees to share their knowledge.
Description: A Thesis Submitted to the School of Graduate Studies of Addis Ababa University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Information Science
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3519
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