Application Of Knowledge Management Tool For Improvement In Guaranty Trust Bank Plc

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Application Of Knowledge Management Tool For Improvement In Guaranty Trust Bank Plc


Abstract


The title of this project is “Application of knowledge management tool for improvement in GTB plc. The main objectives of this study among others, is to find out, if the organization has a formulated systematic process and strategies with regards to the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge available within the organization. In other to achieve these objectives, a research question was formulated and administered to examine that the organization has formulated systematic process for acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge. Questionnaire was used as instrument for data collection. The Likerts 5 point scale and mean score methods were used to analyze the data. One of the findings was that, the style of management helps in the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge available within the organization. In conclusion, laiddown processes and strategies for acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge for proper flow of information for teamwork and greater results. It is recommended that benefits and importance of knowledge management should be clearly explained to the employees for better outcome of result.


Table of Contents


  • Title page
  • Declaration
  • Approval Page
  • Dedication
  • Acknowledgement
  • Abstract
  • Table of Contents

Chapter One

Introduction

  • 1.1 Background of the Study
  • 1.2 Statement of the Problems
  • 1.3 Objectives of the Study
  • 1.4 Significance of the Study
  • 1.5 Research Questions
  • 1.6 Scope of the Study
  • 1.7 Limitation of the Study
  • 1.8 Definition of Terms

Chapter Two

Literature Review

  • 2.1 Introduction
  • 2.2 Conceptual Definition
  • 2.3 Knowledge Management
  • 2.4 Objectives of Knowledge Management
  • 2.5 Dimension of Knowledge
  • 2.6 Strategies for Knowledge Management
  • 2.7 Motivation as tool for Knowledge Management
  • 2.8 Technology use in Knowledge Management
  • 2.9 Knowledge Leader
  • 2.10 Knowledge Management System
  • 2.11 Benefits of Knowledge Management
  • 2.12 Summary of the Chapter

Chapter Three

Research Methodology

  • 3.1 Introduction
  • 3.2 Research Design
  • 3.3 Area of Study
  • 3.4 Population of the Study
  • 3.5 Sample and Sampling Techniques
  • 3.6 Instrument of Data Collection
  • 3.7 Validation of Instrument
  • 3.8 Reliability of Instrument
  • 3.9 Method of Data Collection
  • 3.10 Method of Data Analysis

Chapter Four

Data Presentation and Analysis

  • 4.1 Introduction
  • 4.2 Characteristics of Respondents
  • 4.3 Data Presentation and Analysis
  • 4.4 Summary of Findings
  • 4.5 Discussion of Findings

Chapter Five

Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

  • 5.1 Summary
  • 5.2 Conclusion
  • 5.3 Recommendation
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices

Chapter One


Introduction

1.1 Background of the Study

Knowledge management was scientific discipline in earlier 1990s, supported solely by practitioners after sometime Leif Eduinsson of Sweden, the world’s first chief knowledge officer (CKO) became interested in not only practical but also theoretical aspects of knowledge management.

Knowledge management (km) comprises ranges of strategies and practices used in an organization to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable adoption of insights and experiences, such insight and experience comprises knowledge either embodies in individuals or embedded in organization as a practice or process.

Knowledge management includes courses taught in the field of business administration, information system, management and library and information sciences but more recently other fields have started contributing to knowledge management research. These include information and media, computer science and public policy.

Knowledge management focuses on organizations objectives such as to improve performance, competitive advantages, innovation etc. however, knowledge management has a lot to challenges in accessing relevant knogwledge due to lack of skills in using various technologies tools and difficulties in implementing knowledge management within organization due to language usage e.t.c.

The reason for this study to see if organizations apply knowledge management and how well it has improved their organization and even employees.

Historical of GTB

Guaranty Trust Bank is one of the best banks in Nigeria. Its started it formal banking in 1991. It has many branches in Nigeria and also has in Gambia, Liberia, Ghana, United Kingdom etc. it has received best bank and customer friendly awards. Guaranty Trust Bank’s license was approved on the 1st of August, 1990, and six months after its doors was opened to the public for business at 8.00am on Monday, the 11th of February, 1991. At it new redesigned head office building christened the plaza, at No. 6 Adeyemo Alakija, Victoria Island.

Fola Adeola and Tayo Aderinokun are the main founder of Guaranty Trust Bank plc. Both resigned from a merchant bank after seeing that the bank was collapsing due to management problems.

“Fola Adeola initiated the suggestion of the name “Guarantee Trust” due to the acronym that it could be easily remembered: Along the line a suggestion came from Gbolade Osibodu, the word “Guarantee” was change to “Guaranty” to further underscore the defining ethics of the new venture. Adeola and Aderinokun came from both NAL merchant bank and continental merchant bank and the consensus was that the new venture should be a commercial bank.

The bank has operating since 1991 till date, and have tried to overcome a lot of issues, and even though one of the founders is dead “Tayo Aderinokun the bank is till moving on strong as it can.


1.2 Statement of Problem

Knowledge is a limited organizational value if it is not shared. Knowledge management helps in creating, sharing and using of collective knowledge but many organizations are just realizing its usefulness and organization that have applied it are facing or have some challenges. These challenges are:

  1. Problems of knowledge transfer
  2. Lack of expertise to identify the key knowledge source within the organization.
  3. Also the organization does not have knowledge leaders who are able to promote knowledge management.
  4. Lack of understanding of information at hand
  5. Lack of fund for organization to fund and invest to embark on current and future knowledge management activities.

1.3 Objectives of the Study

  1. To find out if the organization has a formulated systematic process and strategies with regard to the acquisition, sharing and evaluation knowledge available within the organization.
  2. To examine the style of management within the organization to stimulate the acquisition, sharing and evaluating of knowledge between employees.
  3. To find out whether the organization has a vision of implementing knowledge management.
  4. To find out if the organization is committed and participative towards implementing knowledge base environment.

1.4 Significance of the Study

The result of this research will be a great use when concluded. It has attempted to open the mind of the organization.

Firstly, it will be of great use to organization both public and private sectors e.g. Guaranty Trust Bank plc.

Secondly, organizations will know how to transform to add value to process and operation of the business to accelerate growth and innovation.

Thirdly, for the organizations to know how to use knowledge management as competitive advantage for business.

Lastly, students and other researchers will use the research work as a reference material.


1.5 Research Questions

  1. Do organization have a formulated systematic process and strategies, with regarded to the acquisition sharing and evaluation of knowledge available within the organization?
  2. Does the style of management within the organization stimulate the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge between the employees?
  3. Do organizations have a vision of implementing knowledge management?
  4. Have organizations been highly committed and participative towards implementing a knowledge base environment?

1.6 Scope of the Study

The scope of this research is limited to the problems and findings of solution to application of knowledge management for improvement. It is also limited to Guaranty Trust Bank plc as a reference organization.


1.7 Limitation of the Study

In every research work, one is bound to encounter some problems in the course of writing. This problem is necessary for the researcher to encounter it for it project or research to be valuable.

The research have open the researcher mind to a lot of things, never knew about. The problems encounter was getting adequate information as quick and easily as possible.


1.8 Definition of Terms

  • K M Knowledge Management
  • K M S Knowledge Management System
  • K L Knowledge Leader
  • GTB Guaranty Trust Bank

Chapter Five


Summary, Conclusion and Recommendation

5.1 Summary

The summary topic tilted “Application of knowledge management tool for improvement in Guaranty Trust Bank plc” knowledge is of limited organizational value if not shared.

The problems face by the organization is the issues of knowledge transfer, lack of expertise to identify he key knowledge source within the organization and also the organization does not have knowledge leaders to promote knowledge management.

The objectives, is to find out if he organization has a formulated systematic process and strategies with regards to the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge available in within the organization.

Also research questions such as, Do your organization has a formulated systematic process and strategies with regards to acquisition, sharing and evaluation knowledge available within the organization? Do organization has a vision of implementing knowledge management. This were all stated in chapter one.
In chapter two, it shows that Application of knowledge management is very essential to serve customers well and remain in business. Also shows that organization must have strategies for knowledge management, knowledge leaders to oversee that knowledge is well shared and utilized.

In chapter three, the study was conducted in Guaranty Trust Bank plc Kaduna Barnawa branch. The research design employed was survey design. The population of the study was 30 and questionnaires were used as instruments for data collection.

In chapter four, Likerts scale rating and mean score were used to analyze the data collected. In the course of analyzing data, it was discovered that the organization understand what knowledge management is and the style of management helps in the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge.


5.2 Conclusion

From the research finding application of knowledge management is very essential in the organization. The effectiveness of implementing knowledge management recognized that, if knowledge is not well acquired, shared and evaluated then its worth less. It is therefore concluded that their should be a laid down process and strategies for acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge, the style of management also should help in the acquisition, sharing and evaluation of knowledge, this will allow the information to flow for team work that will result to great out put to improve the organization states and give the organization great advantages over it’s competitors. it also give employee in an organization a feelings of belonging as their ideas are been accepted and use for the improvement of the organization.


5.3 Recommendation

The following suggestions are recommended to the management of the organization base on the findings.

  1. Organization should be ready at all time to monitor employees who access and contribute to knowledge management system and reward them according. If possible make on option for them because at time’s some worker do not value the little increment given to them on their salaries, because they might feel what they have deposited to the banks is worth more than that.
  2. Organizations policy on the implementation of knowledge management should be clearly stated and explained to the employees.
  3. Benefits and importance of knowledge management should clearly explain to the employees.
  4. Provide relevant training, if possible occasionally
  5. Employees who have been trained in using relevant technology should be allow to train other employees to get the same knowledge by doing so they will always retain the knowledge and that the knowledge will not be taken away by the employee incase of resignation or dismissal of employee.
  6. Control and coordination of knowledge sharing should be done properly, so that it will not be distorted along the line and also not be miss-coded and interpreted.

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