The Influence of Organizational Trust on the Use of KM Systems and on the Success of KM Initiatives

The Influence of Organizational Trust on the Use of KM Systems and on the Success of KM Initiatives

Vincent Ribière (New York Institute of Technology, USA) and Francis Tuggle (Chapman University, USA)
Copyright: © 2007 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-261-9.ch007
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Abstract

While the discipline of knowledge management (KM) is no longer emerging, some organizations are still struggling to find the right approach that will allow them to fully take advantage of their intellectual assets. Having the proper organizational culture remains an important barrier to knowledge management success. This empirical research project, conducted with data from 97 organizations involved in KM, explores relationships between the level of organizational trust and the use of KM methodologies, in particular the use of codification KM methodologies and personalization KM methodologies. The presence of trust also can be used as an indicator of KM initiative success. The contribution of this research may help organizations seeking to launch or adapt a KM initiative to choose which KM tools and technologies to deploy in order to maximize their chances of success. Finally, a rank-ordered list of KM methodologies in descending order of usefulness is reported.

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