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Title: Knowledge sharing in the retail food protection program: perceived importance and actual implementation

Authors: Seunghee Wie; Yong S. Choi; Joungkoo Park

Addresses: Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University Sacramento, Sacramento, California, USA ' School of Business and Public Administration, California State University Bakersfield, Bakersfield, California, USA ' Department of Hotel and Tourism Management, Dongguk University-Gyeongju, Gyeongju-Si, Republic of Korea

Abstract: This study empirically examines the critical success factors affecting the success of knowledge sharing in food inspection agencies. The study population included health inspectors from all 58 counties of California, USA, and the total number of responses was 119. The degree of importance for 21 knowledge sharing attributes ranged from 3.89 to 4.73 with a group mean rating of 4.28 (5 = very important, 1 = not important) while the degree of implementation of knowledge sharing ranged from 2.72 to 3.75 with a group mean rating of 3.20 (5 = extensively implemented, 1 = not implemented). There were significant differences between the degree of importance and the degree of implementation for all attributes. The five factors were labelled as systematic support for knowledge sharing, knowledge sharing framework, knowledge sharing training, information system capabilities and administrative culture on knowledge sharing. The 'knowledge sharing training' was positively associated with the success of knowledge sharing.

Keywords: food protection program; health inspectors; implementation; importance; knowledge management; knowledge sharing.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKMTH.2017.084574

International Journal of Knowledge Management in Tourism and Hospitality, 2017 Vol.1 No.1, pp.5 - 19

Available online: 02 Jun 2017 *

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