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Knowledge Management in the Petroleum Industry of Iran

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of Information & Knowledge Management, Volume 13, Issue 02 (2014)



Knowledge managements (KM) increases the capability of organisations and companies in today's competitive environment. It is important that managers in petroleum companies proactively prepare their organisations and its members as they begin to implement KM systems. Then, as the first step, they should assess their organisations' readiness for KM implementation. Therefore, in this paper, we chose Iran as one of the main petroleum producers in the world to study the readiness of National Iranian Oil Company for KM implementation. A questionnaire survey was conducted in the company, based on stratified random sampling technique. The paper investigated the readiness of five variables including, management support, organisational culture, IT infrastructure, human resources and organisational structure for KM implementation in the company. Results revealed that the company lacked the necessary readiness to successfully implement KM. One way Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) results indicated that there was a significant difference between the readiness levels of five KM variables. IT infrastructures and organisational structure were in higher readiness to implement KM in the company, followed by management support, human resources and organisational culture, respectively. Top management should plan to reduce weaknesses and implement a proper KM system in the company.