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Knowledge management in low technology manufacturing organizations : a case in apparel manufacturing

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dc.contributor.advisor Perera, C Perera, WVR 2011-03-28T10:16:04Z 2011-03-28T10:16:04Z 3/28/2011
dc.description A Thesis submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering for the Degree of Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Systems Engineering en_US
dc.description.abstract Knowledge Management (KM) is the process through which organizations generate value form knowledge based assets./ Most of the high technology industries apply KM principles and hence foster all kinds of innovation to improve the company's productivity and its mid and long term advantage Many researches have studied KM practices in high tech industries./ However there are no much studies carried out to study how KM practices are used or can be used in low tech industries In Sri Lankan context, the apparel industry is the leading industry in manufacturing and contribute a significant share of G.D.P Today in the free quota era, the Sri Lankan apparel industry' has to face the challenges in global market Therefore it is worthwhile to study how KM practices are used and how KM can contribute to improve the performance in apparel sector This research aims to study how these practices are presently used in the apparel sector to improve the performance in manufacturing. The research further identifies what kind of improvements can be done form the present KM practices so that they can enhance the organizational performance To analyze KM practices, two case studies have been carried out in selected reputed apparel manufacturing organizations. Data is collected through in-depth interviews with machine operators, supervisors, production executives and production mangers In addition to that, documentary analvsis, observations, informal conversations are carried out to gather information on KM practices in these companies. Based on the results of case study analysis, factors important for successful implementation of KM are analyzed and a model (named as '5 Factor Model') is proposed for KM in low tech manufacturing organizations en_US
dc.format.extent ix, 86, [9]p. : ill. (some col.) en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Knowledge management in low technology manufacturing organizations : a case in apparel manufacturing en_US
dc.type Thesis-Abstract
dc.identifier.faculty Engineering en_US MEng en_US
dc.identifier.department Department of Mechanical Engineering en_US 2006-09 2006-09
dc.identifier.accno 87884 en_US

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