Factors Influencing Managerial Tacit Knowledge Formation

  • Jana Matošková, Helena Řeháčková, Martin Jurásek, Martina Polčáková, Aleš Gregar, Vlastimil Švec
  • Knowledge Management An International Journal, January 2013, Common Ground Publishing
  • DOI: 10.18848/2327-7998/cgp/v12i04/50809

Tacit knowledge and manager's work

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What is it about?

The aim of the paper was to discuss our research findings of tacit knowledge formation. 32 interviews with managers were carried out and 4 discussion groups were created. The records of the interviews and the discussion groups were analysed with software Atlas.ti. It was confirmed that tacit knowledge is closely connected with understanding a situation—with context understanding, understanding the people who are involved, information which an individual has at their disposal and the job substance. Experience and personal characteristics have a main role in the formation of tacit knowledge. An ability and willingness to learn from experience, willingness for self-reflection, ability to make decisions, perceptivity, curiosity, creativity, intelligence and analytical skills may also be significant personal characteristics. It is advisable in a development program for future managers to contain educational methods such as team collaboration, model solving situations, project solving, and learning-by-doing because these methods support tacit knowledge formation.

Why is it important?

In managerial work tacit knowledge will influence a manager’s decision-making and their style of leadership. Consequently, both can have an influence on their success. Tacit knowledge influences a managerial success so it is useful to understand what influences tacit knowledge forming and moulding because these findings can be used in the preparation for a managerial position or to shorten the period of adaptation for a new manager.


Dr. Jana Matošková
Tomas Bata University in Zlín

According to our research, tacit knowledge appears to influence managerial work, especially manager’s leadership, planning and decision making.

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