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Do Barriers Exist to the Transfer of Tacit Knowledge? An Exploration into the area of Knowledge Transfer

Traynor, Elizabeth (2014) Do Barriers Exist to the Transfer of Tacit Knowledge? An Exploration into the area of Knowledge Transfer. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

Nature of the study: This study is an exploration into the area of knowledge transfer. It primarily seeks to investigate whether barriers to tacit knowledge transfer within organisations. This study also examines the importance and relevance of knowledge transfer, the differences between tacit and explicit knowledge, and whether changing tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge can be of benefit to an organisation.

Methodology: A qualitative approach was adopted for this research through the use of a semi structured interview process and a sample size of eleven participants.
Principle findings: The primary barriers to tacit knowledge have been identified by the participants of this study as time, language, perception and trust. As well as this it is noted that individuals are aware of the importance and relevance of tacit knowledge, and the differences between tacit knowledge and explicit knowledge have been explored. Finally it has been found that while participants feel as though tacit knowledge is important to the organisation, they do not see the need to write this information down in order to turn it into explicit knowledge.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Knowledge Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Claire Wallnutt
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2014 10:33
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2014 10:33
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1762

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