Barriers and facilitators to knowledge management in university research centers: an exploratory study

Arménio Rego, Isabel Pinho, Júlio Pedrosa, Miguel Pina Cunha

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Abstract

This study shows how 152 researchers from several research centers of a Portuguese university perceive the facilitators and barriers to knowledge management. Three domains are considered-knowledge gathering, creation, and diffusion. Three dimensions of barriers and facilitators were considered-individuals, socio-organizational processes, and technology. Regarding both barriers and facilitators, but mainly barriers, the findings suggest that researchers are more sensitive to the “soft” aspects of knowledge management (i.e., individuals, socio-organizational processes) than to the “hard” ones (i.e., technology). This suggests that, although technology is an important facilitator, it is people and their interactions that create knowledge and promote the knowledge flow.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-47
Number of pages15
JournalManagement Research
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Individuals
  • Knowledge management
  • Socio-organizational processes
  • Technology

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