Knowledge management: the ladder of research utilization


Saeid Asefzadeh 1 , * , Shahla Fozonkhah 2

1 Associated professor, Department of Health, Qazvin University of Medical Sciences, Qazvin, Iran.

2 Instructor, Department of Medical Records, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

How to Cite: Asefzadeh S, Fozonkhah S. Knowledge management: the ladder of research utilization, Hormozgan Med J. 2005 ; 9(1):e90293.


Hormozgan Medical Journal: 9 (1); e90293
Published Online: July 03, 2005
Article Type: Research Article
Received: August 31, 2004
Accepted: July 03, 2005




Introduction: Knowledge management helps us to share, learn and regenerate
the new knowledge. Knowledge is the most important asset and greatest
competitive advantage of many organizations today. Simultaneously, it can be
observed that many organizations realize it is highly problematic and complicated
to collect, store, retrieve, find, disseminate and reuse knowledge in modern fast
changing organization. A subject now receiving a lot of attention is the utilization
of knowledge.
The study is description of factors explaining why researchers succeed in
climbing up the echelons of the ladder of knowledge utilization.
Methods: Using the internet resources, Google, Blackwell, Pub Med, Science
Direct, WHO, and library resources of the Tabriz paramedical school, this study
was carried out.
Results: Knowledge utilization is a field of research concerned with factors
explaining the utilization of scientific and technical knowledge, this field is
expanding rapidly as universities and researchers are under pressure to increase
the utilization of research results. In this paper, each stage the knowledge
utilization scale is considered separately and compared to the previous stage in
order to find factors explaining that researchers are able to climb up in the ladder
of knowledge utilization from the echelon of no transmission to the echelon of
transmission, then from the stage of transmission to that of cognition, from
cognition to reference, from reference to effort, from effort to influence, and
finally, from influence to application.
Conclusion: The results suggest that the crucial stage of knowledge utilization is
the stage of transmission. Nearly 30% of the scholars fail to climb the echelon of
transmission and scholars differ on most of the explanatory variables when
attempting to reach the echelon of transmission. The result of this study suggest
that a scholar who attempts to provide research results to users will have to make
significant investment in acquiring skills, expertise, and know-how purpose.


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