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A knowledge sharing framework in the South African public sector

Peter L. Mkhize
SA Journal of Information Management | Vol 17, No 1 | a620 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajim.v17i1.620 | © 2015 Peter L. Mkhize | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 May 2014 | Published: 05 June 2015

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Peter L. Mkhize, School of Computing, University of South Africa, South Africa


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Abstract

In the knowledge economy, organisations are shifting their investment focus to intellectual capital in order to sustain a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Organisational survival is increasingly dependent on the organisation’s ability to create and distribute knowledge that contributes to the improvement of performance. The purpose of this article is to evaluate individual knowledge-acquisition and sharing practices in the South African public sector. I applied the techniques of grounded theory analysis to extract themes from data that could provide insight into the knowledge sharing that takes place in the South African public sector. Findings revealed that the informal sharing of knowledge takes place in discussion forums within communities of practice through web-based, socially orientated platforms. These communities of practice are widespread throughout the public sector and are established with the purpose of soliciting expert knowledge from those who have been using open-source software successfully.

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