Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate how organizations focusing on employee‐driven innovation (EDI) use information and communication technologies (ICT)‐based tools in their innovation work. EDI involves systematic exploitation of knowledge resources in organizations. Thus, the role of ICT for efficient knowledge management is important in this respect. Design/methodology/approach – In‐depth interviews with employees, managers and union representatives from 20 organizations focusing on EDI were conducted. The sample included organizations from eight different industries, representing both private and public sectors. Findings – The results show that ICT‐based tools can support the processes of acquisition, dissemination and exploitation of knowledge, which are important aspects of EDI. However, use of ICT‐based tools has to be aligned with organizational structures and professional role conduct to be efficient. Practical implications – This study contributes to practice by highlighting several factors that organizations should emphasize to succeed with application of external and internal knowledge in their innovation work. Originality/value – This study applies a knowledge management perspective on the role of ICT‐based tools to support EDI in organizations. The findings contribute to an improved understanding of organizational conditions for succeeding with use of ICT‐based tools in innovation work, and emphasize that perspectives on knowledge management, technology management and human resource management have to be combined to understand how EDI can be promoted by using ICT in organizations.
Journal of Knowledge Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Jul 8, 2014
Keywords: Knowledge sharing; Innovation; Knowledge management; Information technology; Knowledge creation
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