PERCEPTIONS OF KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER OF FOREIGN AFRICAN DOCTORS PRACTICING IN SOUTH AFRICAN PROVINCIAL HOSPITALS

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Joly N. Lutakwa, Sanjana Brijball Parumasur

DOI:10.22495/cocv9i2c5art1

Abstract

This study assesses the perceptions of knowledge transfer of foreign African doctors, practicing in South African provincial hospitals relating to the process, barriers, channels and importance of knowledge transfer practices in the organization. A sample of 62 foreign African doctors practicing in South African provincial hospitals was drawn using snowball sampling. Data was collected using a self-developed questionnaire whose psychometric properties were statistically determined. Data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The results indicate that foreign African doctors believe that in their hospital environments there are different barriers to knowledge transfer. Whilst the biographical profiles of these doctors do not significantly influence their perceptions of knowledge transfer, the latter is significantly impacted upon by the importance given to knowledge transfer practices in the organization and the different barriers to knowledge transfer. Strategies for enhancing knowledge sharing are recommended.

Keywords: Knowledge Transfer, Knowledge Transfer Process, Importance of Knowledge Transfer Practices, Barriers to Knowledge Transfer, Channels of Knowledge Transfer

How to cite this paper: Lutakwa, J. N., & Parumasur, S. B. (2012). Perceptions of knowledge transfer of foreign African doctors practicing in South African provincial hospitals. Corporate Ownership & Control, 9(2-5), 463-475. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv9i2c5art1