Knowledge management processes and performance: the impact of ownership of public sector organizations

Balasubramanian, Sreejith ORCID logoORCID:, Al-Ahbabi, Sultan and Sreejith, Sony (2020) Knowledge management processes and performance: the impact of ownership of public sector organizations. International Journal of Public Sector Management, 33 (1) . pp. 1-21. ISSN 0951-3558 [Article] (doi:10.1108/IJPSM-05-2019-0131)

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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the impact of ownership of public sector organizations on the implementation of knowledge management (KM) processes and subsequent performance.
Design/methodology/approach – Using 268 responses obtained from a structured country-wide survey, the study assesses the hypothesized differences in the implementation of KM processes (knowledge creation, knowledge capture and storage, knowledge sharing and knowledge application and use), the overall
performance benefits of implementation (innovation, quality and operational performance), and their relationships, among the federal, state and semi-government organizations in the United Arab Emirates.
Findings – The results show that federal government organizations implement all four KM processes to the greatest extent, followed by state and semi-government organizations. In general, all KM processes had a significant positive impact on the innovation, quality and operational performance of the public sector, but the
strength of this impact was found to differ across different public sector organizations. The overall improvement in all three performance aspects was found to be highest for federal, followed by state and semi-government organizations.
Practical implications – The findings of this study are useful for practitioners and policymakers, especially those overseeing national KM programs to devise strategies, policies and support mechanisms to ensure that public sector organizations, regardless of their ownership, can implement efficient and effective KM processes and achieve their desired performance goals.
Originality/value – The study is arguably the first comprehensive attempt to understand the impact of firm ownership on KM in the public sector.

Item Type: Article
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Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 35983
Depositing User: Sreejith Balasubramanian
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2022 10:31
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2022 11:26

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