The Impact of the Physical Workplace on Knowledge Sharing Dissertation or Thesis by Nicky

A comprehensive research paper on the impact of the physical workplace on knowledge sharing in organizations.
# 150262 | 31,389 words | 108 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 30, 2012 in Psychology (Social) , Business (Human Resources)

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The paper presents a study that seeks to provide a deep theoretical and managerial insight into the impact of the design and use of the physical workplace on knowledge sharing. The paper presents a literature review on knowledge and knowledge sharing as well as on the ecology of the workplace. The paper outlines the methodology to be used, including the research model, hypothesis and the survey instrument development, and provides a summary of the research, conclusions and recommendations. The paper includes a copy of the survey as an appendix. This paper contains figures and tables.

Chapter 1: Introduction and Background
Chapter 2: Knowledge and Knowledge Sharing
Chapter 3: Ecology of the Workplace
Chapter 4: Research Model and Hypothesis
Chapter 5: Survey Instrument Development
Chapter 6: Summary, Conclusions and Recommendations

From the Paper:

"Over the last decade knowledge management has emerged as a particularly relevant and significant area of study within the field of organizational science. This trend has been fueled in large part by the exponential growth of the knowledge economy and the increasing number of knowledge workers who have become as essential as financial capital for firms' competitiveness and survival. As a result, a growing number of organisations have recognized the need to better understand the processes that transform data into information and information into knowledge that can be used to improve an organization's ability to innovate and strengthen its competitive advantage in the marketplace. By and large, organizational theorists and researchers have explored what has become known as knowledge management by looking at a range of individual factors ranging from personal characteristics and incentives that increase willingness to share information to organizational factors such as the rate of knowledge change and its influence on both the need to learn at work. The recent knowledge management conversation has begun to focus attention on the importance of the physical workplace to knowledge work. Yet, a profound examination of the role the physical workplace plays in creating opportunities and barriers that influence knowledge sharing is largely missing in the study of knowledge management.
Some knowledge-intensive organisations who have been looking for new ways to enhance their knowledge worker performance tried out new office solutions, however, with mixed results. Design of good workplaces for knowledge sharing is still considered a major challenge for many organisations. This indicates a need for greater exploration of knowledge sharing in a diversity of physical work settings."

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