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Title: The effect of knowledge management and organisational learning on individual competencies
Authors: Alshawi, SN
Al-Karaghouli, W
Keywords: Knowledge management;Competency;Learning
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: Brunel University
Citation: European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS2011), 2011
Abstract: Knowledge management (KM) is known for its positive impact on the strategy of organisations, but little is known and understood about the significance of competency and learning and its important effects on knowledge management in public and private organisations in different sectors of the economy in Kuwait. The problem is that many organisations deal with KM or new information or emerging information as a challenge of KM itself rather than a way of incorporating new knowledge into the organisation through the development of individual competencies, and hence developing both KM and individual competency. Based on interview data from Kuwaiti organisations, this paper argues that it is better to implement KM and maximize organizational learning in order to create more competent individuals based on the spiral of knowledge creation model or the theory of knowledge creation. The significant contribution this paper makes is that individual competencies have a reciprocal relationship with KM; the determining factors of individual competencies training, education, personal characteristics and culture affect KM success and are themselves affected by KM strategies. Some implications for managing organisational knowledge, organisational learning and development of individual competency are considered.
ISBN: 978-1-902316-85-7
Appears in Collections:Business and Management
Brunel Business School Research Papers

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