Title: Developing knowledge transfer-oriented ethical cultures in US government agencies regulating the commercial use of nuclear power

Authors: Darrell Norman Burrell, Emad Rahim, Krista Juris, Zara Sette

Addresses: Virginia International University, USA; Marylhurst University, USA. ' Morrisville State College, USA; Walden University, USA. ' University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA. ' ZCS Design, LLC, USA

Abstract: Knowledge management is the practice of capturing critical information and making the right information available to the right people at the right time. Such practices are critical for US government agencies that must make ethical and safety-oriented decisions in regulating commercial operations and waste disposal in the nuclear power industry. The development of knowledge management and knowledge transfer practices related to ethical decision making is critical in preventing the loss of skills, experience, routines and capabilities when employees with expertise on the ethical issues of nuclear power regulation leave their respective organisations. This article uses applied research to explore the required measures for developing knowledge transfer-oriented ethical cultures in government organisations. The goal of this research is to develop solutions that can influence the international world of practice in the areas of knowledge transfer and ethical leadership development.

Keywords: nuclear knowledge management; ethical decisions; nuclear safety; ethics; knowledge transfer; ethical cultures; US government agencies; USA; United States; regulation; commercial use; nuclear power; nuclear energy; ethical leadership.

DOI: 10.1504/IJNKM.2010.032314

International Journal of Nuclear Knowledge Management, 2010 Vol.4 No.2, pp.165 - 180

Published online: 29 Mar 2010 *

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