Understanding Barriers to the Knowledge Sharing Process

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Understanding Barriers to the Knowledge Sharing Process
A Framework to Bridge the Requirements of Knowledge Sharing

MBA Business Project
by

Sepideh Honardoust
0946207
Supervised by

Dr. Taman Powell

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ABSTRACT
Extant strategy theory focuses on the creation of economic value as a vital source of organizational sustained competitive advantage. However, in today’s knowledge-based business environment knowledge sharing has been widely accepted as one of the main enablers of this source of competitive advantage. In seeking ways to leverage knowledge and foster knowledge sharing among firm members, there arise some barriers limiting the likelihood of transfer. To understand these limits I incorporate the concept of knowledge sharing with what Edith Penrose (1959) offered as a framework in her Theory of the Growth of the Firm. She saw individual’s constraints as the main hurdles precluding the growth of successful firms. In this paper I discuss these constraints to the knowledge sharing process and offer ways for managers to mitigate these barriers and promote knowledge sharing.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction .......................................................................................................................... 1 Literature Review ................................................................................................................. 3 Knowledge Sharing Barriers ...................................................................................... 3 Knowledge Sharing and Awareness .......................................................................... 4 Knowledge Sharing and Willingness ......................................................................... 7 Knowledge Sharing and Ability ................................................................................. 9 Methodology ....................................................................................................................... 13 Research Design ....................................................................................................... 13 Measures .................................................................................................................. 14 Advantages and Limitations of the Design ............................................................. 15 Ethical Considerations ............................................................................................. 16 Findings and Discussion .................................................................................................... 17 Raising Awareness in Practice ................................................................................ 17 Inducing Willingness in Practice ............................................................................. 19 Building Ability in Practice .................................................................................... 22 Conclusion .......................................................................................................................... 25 Limitations ............................................................................................................... 27 Summary ............................................................................................................................ 28 Reflective Statement .......................................................................................................... 29 References .......................................................................................................................... 31 Appendix ............................................................................................................................ 34

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INTRODUCTION
Traditionally, the primary focus of strategy was on the ‘causes and consequences of market failure’ (Nahapiet and Ghoshal, 1997, p.35) together with factors influencing value appropriation. But in the recent past such...
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