Although intranets appear to be ideal environments for employees to share knowledge quickly and efficiently, usage in practice appears limited. We report findings from two case studies that highlight three key issues limiting intranet utilisation for knowledge sharing: organisational structures and strategies, the impact of the receiver on sharer choices, and the availability of alternative channels for knowledge sharing. This study suggests that for companies to obtain more effective intranets, they need to better align organisational structures and strategies with intranet objectives, develop a comprehensive corporate communication plan, and find new ways to better link sharers with receivers’ knowledge needs.
Lichtenstein, Sharman; Hunter, Alexia; and Mustard, Jamie, "Utilisation of Intranets for Knowledge Sharing: a Socio-Technical Study" (2004). ACIS 2004 Proceedings. Paper 115.