A qualitative investigation of the SECI model's knowledge conversions in the applications development context

Cayaba, C and Pablo, Z 2013, 'A qualitative investigation of the SECI model's knowledge conversions in the applications development context', in Jae-Nam Lee, Ji-Ye Mao, James Thong (ed.) Proceedings of the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2013), Jeju Island, Korea, 18-22 June 2013, pp. 1-17.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A qualitative investigation of the SECI model's knowledge conversions in the applications development context
Author(s) Cayaba, C
Pablo, Z
Year 2013
Conference name PACIS 2013: Smart, Open, and Social Information Systems
Conference location Jeju Island, Korea
Conference dates 18-22 June 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 17th Pacific Asia Conference on Information Systems (PACIS 2013)
Editor(s) Jae-Nam Lee, Ji-Ye Mao, James Thong
Publisher Association for Information Systems (AIS)
Place of publication Atlanta, GA, United States
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Abstract The Theory of Knowledge Creation generally suggests that tacit and explicit knowledge are converted through the four modes known as the SECI Model (Nonaka 1991; Nonaka & Takeuchi 1995). In applications development, the knowledge conversions are mobilized through the use of tools (video conference, development editor) and practices (code review, design patterns, pair programming) (Henninger 1997; Avram 2007). However, the model is criticized for having strong Japanese cultural influence and little empirical basis in practice resulting in several debates on its applicability, existence/non-existence of the SECI cycle and unidirectional/multidirectional property of the conversions (Gourlay 2003; Rice & Rice 2005; Hong 2010). Therefore, we studied how tacit and explicit knowledge are converted (tacit-tacit, tacit-explicit, explicit-explicit, and explicit-tacit) in an empirical setting and explored what the implications are within the context of applications development using the Theory of Knowledge Creation's SECI Model. We did this by immersion in a non-Japanese organization where applications development tools and practices were employed. Interviews, document reviews, and observations were used as primary data gathering techniques, which consequently required qualitative study analysis, specifically phenomenological, and discourse analysis techniques.
Subjects Information Systems Management
Keyword(s) Theory of Knowledge Creation
SECI Model
Knowledge Conversions
Applications Development
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