Knowledge management (KM) professionals are instrumental drivers of innovation. Their individual understanding of innovation is of seminal importance as they are instrumental in archiving and structuring the world's largest knowledge storage and knowledge generation activities. Understanding how members of members of the Federal Knowledge Management Working Group (FKMWG) perceive innovation from the personal perspective is instrumental in assisting senior leaders and decision makers better train, organization, and recruit future KM professionals to meet organization needs. Key to understanding the KM professional's personal perceptions are gender, generation, job function, and job classification. This quantitative study was designed to explore and surface valuable information concerning how KM professionals working for the Federal government view innovation from a personal level. This study built upon the earlier work of Zhuang (1995), Zhuang, Williamson, and Carter (1999), and McLaughlin and (2013). This study expands the previous work by targeting the 650 KM professionals associated with the FKMWG on-line social community employing McLaughlin and Caraballo's updated survey instrument. The study found there are differences in how FKMWG members as a whole and how genders view innovation from a personal perspective, but found there are no differences in how generations or specific job classifications (technical verse non-technical) viewed innovation from a personal perspective.
|Commitee:||Caraballo, Ervin, McLaughlin, Gregory C.|
|Department:||School of Business and Technology|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Diffusion of innovation theory, Generation and gender, Information technology, Innovation, Knowledge management, Strategy|
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