A key model for knowledge management systems
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[German title: Ein Schlüsselmodell für Wissensmanagementsysteme ]

Title: Construction of key model for knowledge management system using AHP-QFD for semiconductor industry in Taiwan 
Author(s): S.C. Chen, C.C. Yang, W.T. Lin, T.M. Yeh, Y.S. Lin 
Journal: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management 
ISSN: 1741-038X 
Year: 2007 Volume: 18 Issue: 5 Page: 576 – 597 
DOI: 10.1108/17410380710752671 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the construction of a key model for knowledge management (KM) systems using AHP-QFD for the semiconductor industry in Taiwan.
Design/methodology/approach – The performance evaluation matrix was modified to set up a standard performance matrix for system introduction. The importance weights of models related to KM via the analytic hierarchy process (AHP) and after consulting experts’ opinions. The method of quality function deployment (QFD) was integrated for the system models of a KM system and correlation weights of key objectives to be improved.
Findings – Seven key objectives need to be improved. Correlations between the key objectives to be improved and the KM system models are located via QFD for eight critically important models to be improved.
Research limitations/implications – In this study, the questionnaires were e-mailed to respondents sampled from the list of the Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA).
Practical implications – Actual cases are investigated and a KM system prototype is established in this research to provide reference for the semiconductor industry when introducing a KM system.
Originality/value – Companies can evaluate the performance of system introduction rapidly and regulate their investments in resources efficiently using the measurement, analysis and improvement methods provided here so that the performance of introducing the KM system will be increased effectively at the lowest cost. 

Keywords: Analytical hierarchy process, Knowledge management, Quality function deployment, Semiconductors, Taiwan 

Article Type: Research paper 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/17410380710752671 

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