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Input-friendliness: motivating knowledge sharing across intranets.

  The value of an intranet for knowledge management (KM) is largely dependent on the calibre of the content and tools that it provides to its users and its ultimate application in business operations. For many organisations, there is a particular dilemma regarding the development of internally produced intranet resources for KM applications. Employees will not feel encouraged to provide content until they believe that what they provide will be used and they will not use an intranet if it does not provide useful content. This paper considers strategies for making intranets ‘input-friendly’: how can organisations extract the content needed to add to the body of internally produced resources from their employees? The discussion explores factors that encourage intranet contributions. These include enabling conditions such as the provision of appropriate tools, the development of organisational KM culture and reward systems. The paper makes reference to studies drawn from the academic literature in business studies, information systems, organisational science and sociology, as well as to practice in case study organisations.

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    01 June 2001

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    Taylor & Francis

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    001 Knowledge


Hall, H. (2001). Input-friendliness: motivating knowledge sharing across intranets. Journal of Information Science. 27, 139-146. doi:10.1177/016555150102700303. ISSN 0165-5515



Knowledge management; Intranet; Information sharing;

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