Demissew Meng ASSESSMENT OF ORGANIZATIONAL MEMORY PRACTICES: THE CASE OF ETHIOPIAN PARLIAMENTistu

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2018-06-03

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Addis Ababa University

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Despite its strategic importance, organizational memory remains under developed in public sector organizations. Research has shown that the private sector organizations have a better grasp on knowledge management concepts and practices than the public sector organizations. This study reported the findings of a quantitative investigation of organizational memory practices within the office (secretariat) of the Ethiopian Parliament. Under a quantitative research approach, a single case study design was used to encourage participants to share their view about knowledge acquisition, retention, storage and sharing practices within their organization. The study was based on a survey data from 156 respondents of multi-unit organization that were mainly from the research and development, Human Resource, procurement and finance, general service, legislative, public relations and IT departments. The result suggested that HoPR do not have a systematic way of managing both individual and organizational knowledge. Overall, this indicates that HoPR do not have a planned organizational memory practices and the organizational memory management enablers such as organizational infrastructure, organizational culture and organizational support are not in such a way to foster organizational memory practices. This study is one of the first to empirically test proposals with regard to the concept of organizational memory. Key words: Memory, Knowledge, Organizational Memory, OM, Knowledge Management, KM, Ethiopian Parliament

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Memory Knowledge Organizational Memory OM, Knowledge ManagementKM, Ethiopian Parliament

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