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Show simple item record Walsh, John N. 2021-04-12T08:37:05Z 2021-04-12T08:37:05Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Walsh, JN (2015) 'Developing new categories of knowledge acquisition, translation and dissemination by technological gatekeepers'. International Journal Of Information Management, 35 :594-605. en_US
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract The role played by gatekeepers who acquire external technical knowledge, translate that knowledge so as to contextualise it for their companies needs and disseminate it to key organisational personnel is of increasing importance and value to firms. This study uses a single case study to extend the existing literature on technological gatekeepers through helping to fill two theoretical gaps. Firstly, by examining how gatekeepers operate in a new functional area: a technical hardware and software product support department. Secondly, by focusing on a site where corporate information systems and repositories were used to support gatekeeping activities. This focus on new organisational and systems contexts enabled the development of new categorisations within each phase of gatekeeping activity, resulting in a revised model of gatekeeper behaviour. Two new and distinct modes of knowledge acquisition were identified: reactive acquisition to solve immediate problems and proactive acquisition that was related to emerging technologies. Whether knowledge had been validated or was provisional was identified as a new concept to be considered during the acquisition phase. The systems focus enabled a number of new forms of knowledge translation and dissemination to be categorised. Rationalised translation involved clarifying and elaborating on translations held in the corporate repository while tiered translations enabled versions of translations to be electronically available to different levels of users. While interpersonal dissemination was present the increasing reliance on information systems for dissemination diminished the traditional need for gatekeepers to expended time and energy developing social networks. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Elsevier en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Information Management;35 (5), pp. 594-605
dc.rights This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Information Management. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Information Management, Vol.35, No. 5, pp. 594-605, en_US
dc.subject technological gatekeeper en_US
dc.subject knowledge management en_US
dc.subject information systems en_US
dc.subject knowledge acquisition en_US
dc.subject knowledge translation en_US
dc.subject knowledge dissemination en_US
dc.title Developing new categories of knowledge acquisition, translation and dissemination by technological gatekeepers en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2021-04-12T08:05:00Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2015.04.012
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1595471
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle International Journal Of Information Management
dc.description.status peer-reviewed

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