Communications of the IBIMA, 5/2008 – interesting articles

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Communications of the IBIMA, Volume 5, 2008

An Empirical Study of Learning Object Acceptance in Multimedia Learning Environment 1-6
Siong-Hoe Lau and Peter C. Woods

  • Abstract: The purpose of this study was to develop Learning Object Acceptance Model (LOAM) to examine the underlying factors and causal relationships that determine learners’ behavioral intention to use multimedia learning objects in higher education. This study called for the 342 respondents to progress through two phases of learning objects participation: Introduction and Direct-use experience. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was used to evaluate data from the resultant surveys with the AMOS 4.0. The results showed that the study model produced measurement and structural models with adequate model fits. Learners’ perceived of usefulness and ease of use fully mediated the relationship between learning object characteristics and behavioral intention. However, individual characteristics were found to have no statistically significance on behavioral intention in this context.

Knowledge Management Basics for Emerging Economies 113-125
Kalpana and B. Premkumar

  • Abstract: In this fast moving world of Globalisation, the World economy is getting much more service driven and knowledge oriented one. Compared to the previous era of imperialistic and localised economic growth orientation, the current trend in Global economic growth is a Trans – national one. The national barriers are reduced, supported by liberal economic policies of developing nations in South America, Asia – Pacific and the like. Especially in an IT driven economic development, Knowledge management is the need of the hour to safeguard the organisations to give themselves the Competitive edge. The paper discusses on the fundamentals of Knowledge management (KM), KM models, KM strategies, the Knowledge management life cycle, Knowledge capture techniques, Knowledge transfer, Motivation and Knowledge sharing and KM ethical issues.

An Adoption of Semantic Web from the Perspective of Technology Innovation: A Qualitative Research Approach 170-177
Joo, Jaehun

  • Abstract: What factors affect the adoption and diffusion of Semantic Web innovation? This paper answers this question using multiple case studies. The case study as a qualitative approach is appropriate to achieve this, because the Semantic Web is at the early introduction stage. Data was gathered from seven out of nine organizations adopting the Semantic Web in Korea. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. Three factors affecting adoption of the Semantic Web were identified. The first factor is demand pull including requirements for solving search and integration problems of the existing systems and for creating new services. Second, environmental conduciveness, potential business value, government sponsorship programs, and active roles of suppliers affect the adoption of the Semantic Web from the perspective of technology push. Finally, absorptive capacity is an important role of the adoption. Four propositions are derived from this case study.

Software as A Service: Analysis of ‘Google Sites’ as KM Tool for Academic Environment 189-197
Farooqui N.K.

  • Abstract: This paper analyzes different factors related with a newly launched ‘Google Sites for suitability as the knowledge management tool in academic environment.
    The cost of software purchase and its maintenance is a big issue for academic and business world. The emergence of high speed Internet has given rise to new concepts like software as a service. SaaS (Software as a Service) has a new way out, the software is made and maintained by the software firm and used by the organization (Educational / Business). If the software is provided by the Google then it is double benefit for any organization. Paper discusses different factors like privacy, scalability, support, Technology, ease of use, provision of essential services, Internal communication facilities, searching capability, accessibility, control and administration, licensing location & management and Cost of ‘Google Sites’ for implementing it as a KM tool in academic environment.

An ITIL-based Solution to Record and Retrieve Tacit and Explicit Knowledge based on Giga Knowledge Management Framework in the SME Companies 231-236
Mohammad Sharifi, Masarat Ayat and Shamsul Sahibudin

  • Abstract: ITIL is the most widely used IT framework in most organizations in the world now. Every public and private IT organization tries to adopt ITIL into its own business and implement it because there are a lot of different kinds of information and activities in the organizations that should manage. There is a possible solution to record and retrieve those founded information in the ITIL-based repository which its name is Configuration Management Data Base (CMDB). Also SME companies have high impact on business market, today. SME’s are engines of developing the economy of developing countries. In addition, one of the most practical Knowledge management Frameworks is suggested by Giga Information Group which is a circular model with four stages that represents what people generally do with knowledge.
    This paper tries to extend the usability of this ITIL-based repository in to other parts of the SME’s as well to cover four stages of knowledge management framework.

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