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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 954; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040954

Developing Sustainable Healthcare Systems in Developing Countries: Examining the Role of Barriers, Enablers and Drivers on Knowledge Management Adoption

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School of Management, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Department of Pathology, School of Basic Medical Science, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xianning West Road, Xi’an 710049, China
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School of Automation, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an 710072, China
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Department of Politics and International Relations, The University of Auckland, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
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Received: 1 January 2019 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 13 February 2019
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Knowledge management (KM) adoption is crucial to integrating sustainable development within the healthcare sector. Different barriers, enablers, and drivers affect KM adoption. Identifying these barriers, enablers, and drivers and their role in KM adoption is the core of successful KM adoption. However, there is scarcity of studies applying quantitative models and combing barriers, enablers and drivers to check their effect on KM adoption, especially form a developing country’s perspective such as Pakistan. Therefore, this study explores the role of barriers, enablers and drivers on KM adoption in Pakistan. Healthcare professionals participated in the data collection process, and results were analyzed using structural equation modeling. The findings described that: (1) organizational and strategic barriers have significant negative association with KM adoption; (2) government related enablers have significant positive association with KM adoption; (3) healthcare related drivers, and performance-based drivers have significant positive association with KM adoption. This study concludes that government intervention to promote KM adoption is necessary especially in developing countries. These findings will be helpful for the healthcare professionals and policy makers to promote KM adoption in healthcare sector. Current study contributes to the healthcare literature and body of knowledge by providing the empirical evidence of checking the quantitative effect of barriers, enablers and drivers on KM adoption. View Full-Text
Keywords: knowledge management; healthcare; barriers; enablers; drivers; developing countries; Pakistan knowledge management; healthcare; barriers; enablers; drivers; developing countries; Pakistan
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Karamat, J.; Shurong, T.; Ahmad, N.; Afridi, S.; Khan, S.; Khan, N. Developing Sustainable Healthcare Systems in Developing Countries: Examining the Role of Barriers, Enablers and Drivers on Knowledge Management Adoption. Sustainability 2019, 11, 954.

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