The paper "Knowledge Management in Saudi Arabia" is a good example of a management research proposal. There is no universally agreed definition of the term knowledge management (KM) due to the multidisciplinary background of KM researchers. Nonetheless, Mohamed, Abuzaid and Benladen (2008, p. 3) attempt to define KM as the process of capturing, codifying, categorising, storing and sharing knowledge. Similarly, Hoffmann et al. (2008, p. 202) review a number of definitions used by different authors: Robbins (2003, p. 375) defined KM as the process of distributing an organisation’ s collective wisdom in such a way that the relevant information gets to the intended people at the right time; and Luthans (2005, p.
38) defined KM as the development of tools, systems, processes, cultures and structures explicitly to add value to the creation, sharing and utilisation of knowledge that is critical for making organisational decisions. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2004) defines KM simply as how fast an organisation can track, evaluate, share and utilise intangible resources such as employees’ capacity to think fast during a crisis. Looking at all the above definitions, it is important to note that KM is about ensuring that an organisation continually gathers information, processes it and stores it to ensure that it is available to the management for the purpose of making decisions.
How an organisation organises its KM process, therefore, determines the kind of decisions that it is likely to make and this ultimately determines how productive the organisation becomes. Against this background information, the intended study aims to investigate the KM process at the Saudi Aramco Company. A study by Khursani, Bazuhair and Khan (2011) revealed that the selected company has adopted a number of measures to transform its corporate culture by making use of concepts dubbed 3Ts: Talent, Teams, and Technology.
The study will, therefore, use these concepts to evaluate Saudi Aramco’ s KM process. The proposal is divided into sections. The first section will state the aims and objectives of the intended investigation. Since it is already known that Saudi Aramco has KM a process in place, the study will aim to evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of the KM process with reference to the goal and objectives of the company as well as its vision for the future.
The aims and objectives are followed by a review of literature about the KM process in general and in regard to Saudi Arabia in particular. Specifically, given that Saudi Arabia is a developing country, it will be important to assess how the Saudi Aramco is coping with the process since generally there is a technological gap between developing countries and the developed ones. Aims and objectives of the research The key aims and objectives of the research are to evaluate the suitability and effectiveness of KM at Saudi Aramco Company.
The aims are broken down as follows: To determine how suitable the KM process is to the company’ s setting The research will seek to determine the relationship between the information needs of the company and the KM system that it has in place. For instance, does the system boost Saudi Aramco’ s organisational effectiveness? Has the system been beneficial in ensuring that the organisation meets its objectives and goals as well as a vision?