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International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology
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Volume 4, Issue 2 - Dec 2014
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Instant Messenger-Facilitated Knowledge Sharing and Team Performance
Ou, Carol X.J. ; Davison, Robert M. ; Leung, Darren ;
International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology, volume 4, issue 2, 2014, Pages 5~23
DOI : 10.5865/IJKCT.2014.4.2.005
The instant messenger (IM) is frequently encountered as a facilitator of communication in both social and working contexts. Nevertheless, there are concerns about the extent to which IMs bring organizational benefits, thereby overcoming interruptions to work. In this study, we focus on how IM tools contribute to knowledge transfer at work, as well as their influence on team performance. Our research model is validated by a survey of work professionals (n=41) at a small sized company. Implications and conclusions are discussed.
Instant Messaging Usage and Interruptions in the Workplace
Chang, Hui-Jung ; Ian, Wan-Zheng ;
International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology, volume 4, issue 2, 2014, Pages 25~47
DOI : 10.5865/IJKCT.2014.4.2.025
The goal of the present study is to explore IM interruption by relating it to media choices and purposes of IM use in the workplace. Two major media choice concepts were: media richness and social influence; while four purposes of IM use were: organization work, knowledge work, socializing, and boundary spanning activities. Data (N = 283) were collected via a combination of convenience and snowball sampling of "computer-using workers" in Taiwan, based on the Standard Occupational Classification system published by the Taiwan government. Results indicated that media choice works better than purpose of IM use to explain IM interruption. Among them, social influence was the best predictor to IM interruption in the workplace. In addition, instant feedback and personalization provided by IM, and IM usage for the purposes of knowledge work and socializing, also relate to IM interruption in the workplace.
Testing the Andrews Framework of Strategy Formulation and Implementation: Case Study of the University of Cape Coast Digital Library in Ghana
Adzobu, Nesba Yaa Anima ;
International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology, volume 4, issue 2, 2014, Pages 49~65
DOI : 10.5865/IJKCT.2014.4.2.049
This paper investigates how strategy formulation and implementation processes used by the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in building its digital collections compare with the Andrew's strategic formulation and implementation theoretical framework. Theory-testing case study methodology was used. The data collection instruments were the key informant interview technique and document reviews. During the formulation phase, two aspects (resources and aspirations of senior management) were emergent. During the implementation phase, five aspects (achieving results, processes and behaviour, standards, motivation, personal) were emergent. All other elements of building the UCC digital collections were planned during both the formulation and implementation phases. Although the emphasis on students and learning is laudable and apt, there seems to be lack of focus on research support beyond digital collection building, despite the fact that research excellence is one of the UCC's key priorities. Opportunities exist for improving feedback mechanisms between the users, digital library staff and the university management; and inclusion of social media tools in the digital library project. Since only the experience of a single institution of higher learning is considered, it cannot be definitively stated that strategy formulation and implementation will be similar in every institutional context. However, the results provide a basis for academic digital libraries to draw lessons from this case. In African public universities, there is little earlier research on strategy formulation and implementation in digital library management. Strategy formulation and implementation is a critical issue for higher education academic libraries especially in developing countries like Ghana, due to limited financial resources and the rapid change in the information environment during the last several decades.
Initiating Knowledge Management in Colleges and Universities: A template
Agarwal, Naresh Kumar ; Marouf, Laila Naif ;
International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology, volume 4, issue 2, 2014, Pages 67~95
DOI : 10.5865/IJKCT.2014.4.2.067
Knowledge Management (KM) is a collaborative and integrated approach adopted at various levels to ensure that an organization's knowledge assets are best utilized to increase organizational performance. While KM has been adopted in a large number of sectors and organizations, colleges and universities, and the higher education sector in general, is yet to take full advantage of the possibilities offered by KM. Also, while past research has sought to highlight the importance of implementing KM in higher education, there is a lack of a single, clear template for KM implementation that universities leaders and administrators can adopt. The contribution of the paper is a practical, actionable, step-by-step plan, as well as a diagrammatic, theoretical framework for initiating KM successfully in colleges and universities.
Design and Development of a Web Based Digital Repository for Scholarly Communication: A Case of NM-AIST Tanzania
Mgonzo, Wasiwasi J. ; Yonah, Zaipuna O. ;
International Journal of Knowledge Content Development & Technology, volume 4, issue 2, 2014, Pages 97~108
DOI : 10.5865/IJKCT.2014.4.2.097
Institutional repositories are essential research infrastructures for research-based universities. A properly dimensioned institutional repository has the potential to increase research impact and enhance the visibility of an institution through its scholarly outputs. The aim of the study reported in this paper was to design and develop a web-based digital repository for scholarly communications using NM-AIST as a case study. The system was developed using open source software. Findings obtained from system validation tests show that the system is a viable solution to the major challenges encountered in the management and sharing of scholarly information at the institution.