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Use and Reluctance: A Study of Faculty Reactions to the Use of eLearning Systems at Kuwait University

Author: Fayiz ALDHAFEERI ,  Bibi ALAJMI

Paper Submitted to the 11th International Conference on Knowledge Management, October 2015, Osaka Japan.

Abstract: This exploratory study seeks to identify factors that influence the adoption of eLearning technologies at Kuwait University. The study aims to examine the research problem from four major dimensions: educational, technical, course-related, and administrative. A qualitative exploratory approach has been undertaken to address the research question. In total, 76 semi-structured interviews were conducted in both science and art colleges ate Kuwait University. The research identified four main dimensions to reflect the current reluctance reason faculty members at Kuwait University are facing.

 Knowledge Organization Content in Graduate Coursework

Author: Sajjad Ur REHMAN, Bibi ALAJMI

Accepted for Publication in International Information and Library Review October 2015

Abstract: Knowledge organization (KO) content is central to educational programs of library and information science (LIS) and information and knowledge management (KM) programs. Since these disciplines are interdisciplinary in nature, the components of information and KO have similar philosophies, theories, approaches, strategies, and tools. LIS education programs have strong traditions of classification, cataloging, indexing, and systems of search and retrieval. Information and KM place emphasis on metadata, data mining, info-maps, knowledge maps, taxonomy, ontologies, and other strategies for organizing an organization’s explicit and tacit knowledge. Over the last decade, users have contributed to developing organizational schema in the form of social tagging, folksonomies, and clouds. As LIS schools are at the forefront of LIS instruction, and information and KM, this paper analyzes how LIS schools have responded to the needs of developing competencies related to information and KO. This study therefore analyzes the curricula of LIS accredited schools and leading schools in selected regions of the world based on the course titles presented on their websites. This analysis provides an overall picture of the coverage of KO courses in LIS programs of 68 selected schools located in Southeast Asia, the Europe, and accredited schools of North America.

Knowledge Management for Healthcare: Investigating Practices that Drive Performance

Author: Bibi ALAJMI, Laila MAROUF, AbduSattar CHAUDRY

Accepted for publication Journal of Information and Knowledge Management September 2015

Abstract: Knowledge management is considered an important intervention in improving health care services. KM facilitates the transfer of existing knowledge and the development of new knowledge in hospitals. This research focuses on investigating the relationship between knowledge management practices and performance in selected hospitals in Kuwait, exemplified by perceived productivity and quality. Survey data were collected from 277 doctors working in public and private hospitals in Kuwait. As predicted by previous studies, the doctors who responded to this research perceived good KM practices to have positive correlations with the productivity and quality of hospitals. Multiple regression analysis demonstrated a significant predictive power of knowledge capturing practices in predicting productivity and quality of hospitals. Knowledge sharing practices showed no significant predictive power in the model, and knowledge generating practices showed a slight prediction power.

Knowledge Management Practices: A Study of KM Practices Among Doctors in Kuwait.

Author: Bibi ALAJMI, Laila, MAROUF, AbduSattar CHAUDRY

Presented at The Annual Information and Knowledge Management Conference, WASET, Zurich, January 14-15.

The Intention to Share: Psychological Investigation of Knowledge Sharing Behavior in Online Communities

Author: Bibi ALAJMI

Paper Accepted-International Conference on Knowledge Management/2010.Pittsburg, PA. USA.

This research aims to provide a better understanding of knowledge sharing behavior through the adaptation of two major theories imported from social psychology: the Theory of Reasoned Action (TRA) and the Theory of Planned Behavior (TpB). Exploring knowledge sharing from a social psychological perspective provides an understanding of the process an individual goes through to make the decision to share his/her knowledge with other people. In addition, the framework will identify the different factors facilitating individual knowledge sharing behavior. An extension of these theories has been created to include knowledge sharing constructs into the decision-making framework presented by TRA and TpB jointly. The research is conducted within an online community as a promising and interesting context in which to explore knowledge sharing behavior.

A Medical Home-Value and Implications of Knowledge Management.

Author: Orzano A.J., McInerney C.R., McDaniel, R.R., Meese, A., Alajmi, B., Mohr, S., Tallia, A.F.

Publication: Health Care Management Review, 34(3) 224-233.

Background: Central to the ‘‘medical home’’ concept is the premise that the delivery of effective primary care requires a fundamental shift in relationships among practice members and between practice members and patients. Primary care practices can potentially increase their capacity to deliver effective care through knowledge management (KM), a process of sharing and making existing knowledge available or by developing new knowledge among practice members and patients. KM affects performance by influencing work relationships to enhance learning, decision making, and task execution.

Purpose: We extend our previous work to further characterize, describe, and contrast how primary care practices exhibit KM and explain why KM deserves attention in medical home redesign initiatives.

Methodology: Case studies were conducted, drawn from two higher and lower performing practices, which were purposely selected based on disease management, prevention, and productivity measures from an improvement trial. Observations of operations, clinical encounters, meetings, and interviews with office members and patients were transcribed and coded independently using a KM template developed from a previous secondary analysis.