African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6578

Full Length Research Paper

The relationship between knowledge management and agile supply chain management: Case study of Jihad-e-Agriculture Organization

Nour-Mohammad Yaghoubi1*, Jamshid Moloudi2 and Seyyed Ali Banihashemi3
1Department of Management, School of Management and Accounting, University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran. 2University of Sistan and Baluchestan, Zahedan, Iran. 3Department of Industrial Engineering, Young Researchers Club, Islamic Azad University, Zahedan Branch, Iran.
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  •  Accepted: 28 January 2013
  •  Published: 09 May 2013

Abstract

In recent years, different concepts have been expressed about organizational change in which business processes are considered as the conceptual bases for organizational design. Knowledge and knowledge management are the most important factors of progressive organizations that must be used as factors for organizational change and improvement. Acceptance of change and improvement is a primitive assumption to focus on appropriate response to what customers require. The other main factor for organizational change and competition in the recent world is knowledge obtained by employees, where these factors-competition and change- are basic for agile supply chain management. Because the important factors of agile supply chain management are data, information and knowledge, the researchers tend to review the relationship between knowledge management and agile supply chain management. In the present research, the sample size consists of 162 employees (34 women and 137 men) that were selected at random from about 900 personnel of East Azerbaijan Jihad-e-Agriculture Organization. Data analysis was carried out by using the statistical program packages SPSS 17.0 and LISREL 8.54. The results of the present study illustrated that there is a significant relationship between knowledge management (KM) and its dimensions and agile supply chain (ASCM) in the present organization. The results of Enter Regression showed that predictor variables significantly (knowledge creating, knowledge sharing, knowledge structuring, knowledge using and knowledge auditing) determined 76.5% of the variance of ASCM together. Also the result of LISREL statistical software illustrated that the data of present study involve significant goodness of fit.

 

Key words: Knowledge management, agile supply chain management, structural equation analysis, factor and path analysis, Jihad-e-Agriculture Organization.