A mathematical model to illustrate the processes of knowledge diffusion between knowledge workers
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[German title: Ein mathematisches Modell zur Veranschaulichung des Prozesses der Wissensverbreitung zwischen Wissensarbeitern]

Title: Knowledge management: modeling the knowledge diffusion in community of practice 
Author(s): Nen-Ting Huang, Chiu-Chi Wei, Wei-Kou Chang 
Journal: Kybernetes 
ISSN: 0368-492X 
Year: 2007 Volume: 36 Issue: 5/6 Page: 607 – 621 
DOI: 10.1108/03684920710749703 
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited 

Abstract: Purpose – To propose a model which can demonstrate the knowledge diffusion phenomenon in the community of practice.
Design/methodology/approach – An algorithm has been developed to illustrate the processes of knowledge diffusion between knowledge workers, and factor the coefficients of distance, willingness, motivation, and ability of comprehension and expression. Besides, two types of knowledge diffusion are proposed, i.e. the knowledge sharing and the knowledge discussion.
Findings – Change of knowledge worker will affect the knowledge diffusion within community of practice. The knowledge level of knowledge workers will be increased if more members join the community of practice, and vice versa. Besides, the development of knowledge workers will be constrained by the budget allocated and time available.
Research limitations/implications – The model developed is one of the few research papers that can quantify the knowledge diffusion within community of practice.
Practical implications – The development of knowledge workers can be tangibly measured and linked to the budget and time constraints, as a result, the enterprises can plan, predict and improve the knowledge management initiate.
Originality/value – Previous papers are mostly descriptive in nature, and they are too abstract to be tangibly understood. The model proposed eliminates the drawbacks and expand the research areas by using a mathematical model. 

Keywords: Knowledge management, Knowledge transfer, Modelling, Programming 

Article Type: Research paper 

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/03684920710749703

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