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A knowledge sharing framework in the South African public sector

By Peter L. Mkhize

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In the knowledge economy, organisations are shifting their investment focus to intellectual capital in order to sustain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Organisational survival is increasingly dependent on the organisation’s ability to create and distribute knowledge that contributes to the improvement of performance. The purpose of this article is to evaluate individual knowledge-acquisition and sharing practices in the South African public sector. I applied the techniques of grounded theory analysis to extract themes from data that could provide insight into the knowledge sharing that takes place in the South African public sector. Findings revealed that the informal sharing of knowledge takes place in discussion forums within communities of practice through web-based, socially orientated platforms. These communities of practice are widespread throughout the public sector and are established with the purpose of soliciting expert knowledge from those who have been using open-source software successfully

Topics: Management information systems, T58.6-58.62, Information theory, Q350-390
Publisher: AOSIS
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.4102/sajim.v17i1.620
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:33eccb45feb045e1bd167194f56a01f7
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