The motivators and benefits of sharing knowledge to a KMS repository in an Omani organization

Kamla Ali Al-Busaidi, Lorne Olfman, Terry Ryan, Gondy Leroy

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Knowledge is a powerful resource that enables individuals and organizations to achieve several benefits such as improved learning and decisionmaking. Repository knowledge management system (KMS) assists organizations to efficiently capture their knowledge for later reuse. However, the breadth and depth of a knowledge management system depends on the magnitude of knowledge contributed to the system. This paper aimed to empirically investigate the motivators of knowledge sharing behavior and the individual benefits of such behavior in a culture where knowledge is perceived as power and private. Based on 104 employees in a major private petroleum organization in Oman and the partial least square analysis methodology, the results suggested that knowledge contributors were motivated by the system technical characteristics and the organizational-culture dimensions such as management support and rewards policy. Information technology service quality and peers trustworthiness were not significant motivators for sharing knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes
Event10th IBIMA Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Business Globalization - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: Jun 30 2008Jul 1 2008


Other10th IBIMA Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Business Globalization
CityKuala Lumpur

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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