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Factors Contributing to Knowledge Integration

Noor Anida Zaria, Mohd Noor (2012) Factors Contributing to Knowledge Integration. PhD. thesis, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

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In contributing to the vision heading towards becoming industrialized and developed nation, most of the Malaysian organizations have played their role in the transition process from information age to knowledge age, from the era of industrial economy to the era of economy based on knowledge. Central during this transition period is the knowledge contribution of knowledge workers who are the valuable assets to the organizations and thus protecting and preserving knowledge of the knowledge workers is very crucial and need urgent attention. This is possible through knowledge integration by integrating information into knowledge base. This research examines the factors contributing to knowledge integration by looking at the influence of the content of knowledge work on knowledge work performance,and influence of knowledge workers’ characteristics and organizational characteristics on knowledge integration capacity. Knowledge work performance and knowledge integration capacity are then tested as the mediating factors. The key test in this research is the test regarding moderating factors for the three types of specific knowledge (context-specific, technology-specific, and context-and-technology-specific)to moderate the relationship between the content of knowledge work and knowledge work performance among knowledge workers. Capitalizing on quantitative approach, data from 471 knowledge workers is collected from March 2011 to May 2011.The collected data is tested and proven to support the research framework where all components have positive significant relationship. On the test regarding the moderating effect to the relationship in the model, it is found the general knowledge moderate the relationship between the content of knowledge work and knowledge work performance. Nevertheless,the tests on each component reveal otherwise. This shows that in the case of Malaysian knowledge workers the specific knowledge has to be considered together, not separately, to realize the moderating effect on the relationship between the content of knowledge work and knowledge work performance.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD.)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Knowledge Work, Knowledge Worker, Knowledge Integration, Specific Type of Knowledge.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor. > HD28-70 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business
Depositing User: Mr. Badrulsaman Hamid
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2013 09:40
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2016 04:10
URI: http://etd.uum.edu.my/id/eprint/3348

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