Factors Affecting the Knowledge Sharing Practices in Cooperative Training the Case of Some Selected Tvet Colleges and Associated Industries in Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


Knowledge sharing is a vital component of any organization to be competitive in contemporary world. It is a process that might take place across the organizations, departments, groups and individuals to bring an organizational competitiveness. Even though knowledge sharing has significant importance for organizational competitiveness, the knowledge sharing process may be very complex due to various factors. Hence, the purpose of this study was to examine factors that can affect the knowledge sharing practices in the cooperative training by taking some selected TVET Colleges and associated industries/enterprises, as a specific case, in Addis Ababa. In conducting the study, descriptive research design with mixed approach was employed. The populations of the study are included trainees, college and industry trainers of some selected TVET colleges and industries in Addis Ababa. Purposive sampling method, proportional stratified random sampling, and simple random sampling was applied to select the appropriate samples of the study. For the quantitative part of the study, data was collected using questionnaires and analyzed using SPSS. Also, for the qualitative part of the study, data was collected using key informant interview. Descriptive analysis namely percentage, mean and standard deviation; and inferential analysis namely Pearson correlation and multiple linear regression were employed. The study revealed that organizational factors (lack of strong awareness building, and leadership commitment and follow up for knowledge sharing practices) and technological factors related to absence of the appropriate resources and up-to-date ICT infrastructures were identified as having significant impact on knowledge sharing practices at inter-organizational level where as individual factors (motivation to share knowledge) slightly affect knowledge sharing practices in the cooperative training. The study recommended enhancing the knowledge sharing practices in cooperative training between TVET colleges and associated industries by establishing strong relationship as well as by creating awareness with the concerned stakeholders for the availability and utilization of appropriate technology to improve the delivery of knowledge sharing practices.



Knowledge, Knowledge Sharing Practice, Cooperative Training, TVET Colleges Industries KS Factors