Communications of the IIMA


This study attempted to explore how organizational culture influence knowledge management practices through human resource management practices. Using case study method, we examined the cultural values and knowledge management approach within Nigeria oil and gas industry. Initial research on organizational values and knowledge management suggested that Organizational values are important to facilitate effective knowledge sharing practices among firm members. Our study shed light on the important role of knowledge management leaders and the role of top management in legitimizing and empowering the staff. The study in addition shows how organizational innovation has become an essential weapon for organizations to compete in this competitive business environment. The statistical results obtained in this study showed that human resource management has a significant positive impact on organizational innovation and that knowledge management effectiveness has a mediation effect on relationship between human resource management practices and organizational innovation. The results of this study offer several suggestions on how to focus on training programs. That employees undertaking the training programs should apply the knowledge acquired for product, process an administrative innovativeness. Our empirical findings provided several important managerial implications. Those managers should strive to improve product, process and administrative innovations by providing adequate training programs. Nonetheless, the study encountered some limitations. Our data was cross sectional which constrains our ability to make causal inferences. We suggested that future research in this area might be expanded to other sectors in order to generalize the results reported in this study. Finally, we recommended that, top management of the Nigeria oil and gas industry should encourage employees to acquire, share and apply their knowledge in order to achieve the objectives set by the organization.