Modeling enablers for successful KM implementation

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PurposeGiven that it is difficult to establish monetary benefits for KM initiatives, this paper aims to present a model that consists of a set of enablers and barriers for successful KM implementation to obtain desired results. The contributions of the research effort should also support organizations in making decisions about improving organizational performance using KM initiatives, and understanding the directional relations among KM factors. Design/methodology/approachIn the research study, using a literature review, the authors identify a set of enablers of and barriers to successful KM implementation. Using this set of factors, a questionnaire is developed by applying the interpretive structural modeling (ISM) methodology to determine the underlying relations among these factors and to develop strategies for the successful implementation of KM initiatives. As a result of the ISM methodology, the paper presents a model to show its findings. FindingsThe research study findings help to identify important strategies for implementing KM successfully. Further, the study suggests methodologies for KM implementation. Originality/valueKnowledge is recognized as a critical resource to gain and sustain competitive advantage in business. While many organizations employ knowledge management (KM) initiatives, research studies suggest that it is difficult to establish return on investment of such efforts; however, desired results can be obtained through successful implementation. The paper presents approaches to successful KM implementation.

Keywords: Knowledge engineering; Knowledge management; Modelling

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/13673271011015598

Publication date: February 23, 2010

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