Knowledge Integration in Problem Solving Processes

Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 206)


This paper analyses the knowledge integration in problem-solving situations which requires a high level of interaction and trust among workers. The literature review explores the main barriers associated to knowledge integration and use; even if most problem situations are solved in an unconscious way, automatically and in a few seconds, others situations requires more time, effort, teamwork, collaboration and extensive abstract knowledge. This research goal is to analyse the perceptions of the workers from Alpha Organisation. The research findings allow us to conclude that, depending on the complexity of the workstation, the Operator decides if he has the knowledge and the tools to solve the problem or if he needs help from Managers. The use and share of employees’ knowledge is an important factor to solve problems and strengthen performance. However, several organisational and individual barriers condition the process.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.CIEO – Research Centre for Spatial and Organizational DynamicsUAB – Open University of LisbonLisboaPortugal

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