Original Research

An enabler framework for developing knowledge management practices: Perspectives from Nigeria

Dennis G. Pepple, Mary M. Dore-Okuiomse
South African Journal of Information Management | Vol 25, No 1 | a1647 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v25i1.1647 | © 2023 Dennis G. Pepple, Mary M. Dore-Okuiomse | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 January 2023 | Published: 08 May 2023

About the author(s)

Dennis G. Pepple, Department of Work Employment and Organization, School of Business, University of Leicester, Leicester, United Kingdom
Mary M. Dore-Okuiomse, Department of Management, Faculty of Business, University of Wales Trinity Saints Davids, London, United Kingdom


Background: Palm oil production in Nigeria has scope for massive improvements, regardless of Nigeria’s position as a dominant producer. Palm oil from Nigeria is banned in certain countries because of a lack of standards. The majority of palm oil producers are indigenous farmers who tend to use traditional practices to extract the product. While palm oil production conducted traditionally is cleaner, indigenous farmers need more workforce and mechanized machinery to extract their oil in bulk supply.

Objectives: This research aims to highlight palm oil producers’ indigenous knowledge management practices and specifically explore how the information is created, stored and disseminated compared with contemporary producers.

Method: A qualitative research approach involving 40 participants who were purposively drawn was used to investigate the indigenous knowledge management and contemporary knowledge management practices related to palm oil extraction in Ologbo in Ikpoba-Okha of Edo State, Nigeria, using Lee and Choi’s 2003 enabler framework.

Results: The study identified areas of convergence and divergence in the knowledge management practices of indigenous and contemporary farmers using the enabler framework.

Conclusion: Using the enabler framework to highlight knowledge management practices that need improvement is novel and provides a starting point for indigenous producers to improve their knowledge management practices.

Contribution: The investigation of the enabler framework extends current theorization by providing contextual insights into how each framework component is collectively organized to support organizational outcomes.


enabler framework; contemporary knowledge management; indigenous knowledge management; knowledge management; Ologbo Ikpoba-Okha – Local Government area In Edo state Nigeria

JEL Codes

D83: Search • Learning • Information and Knowledge • Communication • Belief • Unawareness

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth


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