Information & Management, 45 (6), 2008 – interesting articles

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Information & Management
Volume 45, Issue 6, Pages 341-418 (September 2008)

Reuse of knowledge assets from repositories: A mixed methods study 365-375
Wai Fong Boh

  • Abstract: Reuse of information retrieved from an electronic knowledge repository and how this complements person-to-person interactions are poorly understood. I developed a research model that examined factors influencing how individuals benefit from reuse of knowledge assets. Using a mixed method approach, two empirical studies were conducted to test the model. The results showed that two key factors helped users to overcome difficulties in reusing knowledge assets: seeking assistance from and sharing a common perspective with the author of the asset. The study explains when and how individuals receive benefits from knowledge reuse. When individuals reuse complex knowledge assets in domains with which they are unfamiliar, they apparently gain more benefit by contacting the author; sharing a common perspective with the author also facilitates asset reuse. Thus both electronic repositories and person-to-person interaction mechanisms complement one another in facilitating knowledge sharing.
  • Keywords: Knowledge management system; Knowledge sharing; Project-based organizations
  • doi (link): 10.1016/j.im.2008.06.001

Understanding knowledge management system usage antecedents: An integration of social cognitive theory and task technology fit 410-417
Tung-Ching Lin, Chien-Chih Huang

  • Abstract: The factors influencing KMS usage are of major concern to the MIS community. Among the diverse theories employed to help understand this is task technology fit (TTF), which considers the needed technological characteristics of the task as a major factor determining usage. This theory, however, ignores the personal cognition dimension, which has been found to affect the use of an IS. By integrating TTF and social cognitive theory (SCT), we attempted to determine the key factors affecting KMS usage in IT, the organizational task, and personal cognition. Through a survey of 192 KMS users, task interdependence, perceived task technology fit, KMS self-efficacy, and personal outcome expectations were found to have substantial influences on KMS usage. Among the key factors, KMS self-efficacy was found to be especially important as it was substantially and positively correlated to perceived task technology fit, personal and performance-related outcome expectations, and KMS usage.
  • Keywords: Knowledge management systems; Self-efficacy; Social cognitive theory; Task technology fit
  • doi (link): 10.1016/j.im.2008.06.004

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