The role of employees’ empowerment as an intermediary variable between knowledge management and information systems on employees’ performance

Shadi Habis Abualoush, Abdallah Mishael Obeidat, Ali Tarhini, Ra’ed Masa’deh, Ali Al-Badi

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the interrelationships among knowledge management (KM), information systems (IS) and employees’ empowerment (EE) on employees’ performance (EP). Design/methodology/approach: Accordingly, a structural model is developed that delineates the interactions among these constructs and explores the mediating effect of EE on the relationship between KM, IS and EP. A questionnaire-based survey was designed to test the aforementioned model based on dataset of 287 employees’ pharmaceutical industries in Jordan. The model and posited hypotheses were tested using structural equation modeling analysis. Findings: The results indicated that KM and IS positively and significantly affect EE, in which the latter impact EP as well. However, neither KM nor IS proved to be positively related to EP. Additionally, EE positively and significantly mediated the relationship between KM and EP, besides the relationship between IS and EP. Originality/value: This is one of the few studies which investigate the interrelationships among KM, IS and EE on EP, and the first to test the model on companies in the pharmaceutical industries in Jordan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-237
Number of pages21
JournalVINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Employee empowerment
  • Information systems
  • Knowledge management
  • Organisational performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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