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Operational Knowledge Transfer in Municipal Utility Organizations

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Abstract:

Municipal utility systems are experiencing a significant challenge related to the loss of operational knowledge as the current experienced workforce reaches the age of retirement. The future success of system operability depends upon a process that transfers the knowledge of the experienced employee into the organization before he or she retires. The objective of this investigation is to identify how operational knowledge is being transferred within municipal utility organizations. This investigation, which used a qualitative research approach to evaluate knowledge transfer in six municipal utility organizations, uncovered several different methods being used to transfer operational knowledge. This investigation also identified barriers and enablers and potential improvements to achieve better operational knowledge transfer within municipal utility organizations. These results can be used to both to further study knowledge transfer in municipal utility organizations, as well to provide a foundation for research and development in the area of knowledge transfer.

Keywords: Knowledge transfer; expert transfer; far transfer; near transfer; operational knowledge; serial transfer; strategic transfer

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2175/193864709793899909

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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