Journal of Information Science, 34 (5), 2008 – interesting articles

[Deutscher Titel: Journal of Information Science, 34 (5), 2008 – interessante Artikel]

Kristie Saumure and Ali Shiri
Knowledge organization trends in library and information studies: a preliminary comparison of the pre- and post-web eras 651-666

  • Abstract: Qualitative analyses were used to launch a preliminary exploration of the dominant knowledge organization (KO) trends in the pre- and post-web eras. Data for this study was assembled by searching the Library, Information Science, and Technology Abstracts database for articles that have used the term `knowledge organization’ or `information organization’ in their titles, abstracts, or descriptors. Taken as a whole, these preliminary results suggest that the content of the KO literature has shifted since the advent of the web. Although classic KO principles remain prominent throughout both eras, the presence of new content areas, such as metadata, denotes a shift in KO trends. In the pre-web era, the literature was related in large part to indexing and abstracting. In contrast, cataloging and classification issues dominate the landscape in the post-web era. The findings from this paper will be of particular use to those interested in learning about upcoming trends in the KO literature.
  • Key Words: information organization • knowledge organization • world wide web
  • DOI (Link): 10.1177/0165551507084300

Sue Young Choi, Young Sik Kang, and Heeseok Lee
The effects of socio-technical enablers on knowledge sharing: an exploratory examination 742-754

  • Abstract: Recently, the need for knowledge management has been drastically increasing so organizations may meet the high level of dynamic, complex business change and uncertainty. In particular, knowledge sharing has been recognized as a critical process through which organizational knowledge can be utilized. For successful knowledge sharing, companies need to capitalize on various socio-technical enablers. The primary objective of this paper is to provide a better understanding of how these enablers can affect knowledge sharing intention and behavior, and explore practical implications for knowledge sharing. For this purpose, the paper proposes a theoretical model to investigate these enablers from a socio-technical perspective. PLS (Partial Least Square) analysis was employed to validate the model. This field study involves 164 users. Furthermore, interviews with experts were investigated for practical implications. Our analysis reveals that social enablers such as trust and reward mechanisms are more important than technical support in isolation for facilitating knowledge sharing.
  • Key Words: knowledge management • knowledge sharing • socio-technical perspective
  • DOI (Link): 10.1177/0165551507087710

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