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A golden recipe for reality?

Terroba Corral, Urtzi LU and Strotmann, Monika (2012) BUSN49 20121
Department of Business Administration
Abstract (Swedish)
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate how knowledge sharing is understood and
practiced at ConLog, a market leading company in the container shipping industry, as well as to
advance a conceptual broader understanding of knowledge sharing and its influencing factors with
regard to the existing literature.
Methodology: An in-depth field study was carried out for four weeks in which 24 semi-structured
interviews with an average length of 60 minutes, and observations were conducted. A hermeneutic
strategy with an abductive approach were chosen as the methods applied.
Findings: The results of the study were that organizational members at ConLog have a very
instrumentalistic, idealistic and naive understanding of... (More)
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate how knowledge sharing is understood and
practiced at ConLog, a market leading company in the container shipping industry, as well as to
advance a conceptual broader understanding of knowledge sharing and its influencing factors with
regard to the existing literature.
Methodology: An in-depth field study was carried out for four weeks in which 24 semi-structured
interviews with an average length of 60 minutes, and observations were conducted. A hermeneutic
strategy with an abductive approach were chosen as the methods applied.
Findings: The results of the study were that organizational members at ConLog have a very
instrumentalistic, idealistic and naive understanding of knowledge, which is similar to what can be
found in literature. Furthermore it was found, that there are six different sources with which the
employees identify and that this fragmentation influences the culture and vice versa. Also, several
factors were explored that make knowledge sharing in the organization difficult. The principal
conclusion was that an instrumentalistic view of knowledge is not sufficient to cope with the
challenges in reality. A culture of knowledge sharing behaviour is vital in order to create an efficient
knowledge management system. Based on the empirical findings, a model was developed that
enhances the understanding of knowledge management and its underlying forces and dynamics. (Less)
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author
Terroba Corral, Urtzi LU and Strotmann, Monika
supervisor
organization
alternative title
An in-depth study on how knowledge sharing is understood and practiced at ConLog
course
BUSN49 20121
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Knowledge, knowledge sharing, knowledge management, culture, identity
language
English
id
3045104
date added to LUP
2012-09-11 12:54:57
date last changed
2012-09-11 12:54:57
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  abstract     = {Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate how knowledge sharing is understood and
practiced at ConLog, a market leading company in the container shipping industry, as well as to
advance a conceptual broader understanding of knowledge sharing and its influencing factors with
regard to the existing literature.
Methodology: An in-depth field study was carried out for four weeks in which 24 semi-structured
interviews with an average length of 60 minutes, and observations were conducted. A hermeneutic
strategy with an abductive approach were chosen as the methods applied.
Findings: The results of the study were that organizational members at ConLog have a very
instrumentalistic, idealistic and naive understanding of knowledge, which is similar to what can be
found in literature. Furthermore it was found, that there are six different sources with which the
employees identify and that this fragmentation influences the culture and vice versa. Also, several
factors were explored that make knowledge sharing in the organization difficult. The principal
conclusion was that an instrumentalistic view of knowledge is not sufficient to cope with the
challenges in reality. A culture of knowledge sharing behaviour is vital in order to create an efficient
knowledge management system. Based on the empirical findings, a model was developed that
enhances the understanding of knowledge management and its underlying forces and dynamics.},
  author       = {Terroba Corral, Urtzi and Strotmann, Monika},
  keyword      = {Knowledge,knowledge sharing,knowledge management,culture,identity},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A golden recipe for reality?},
  year         = {2012},
}