The purpose of this paper is to develop and validate a measurement tool for assessing organizational knowledge creation practices based on the socialization, externalization, combination, and internalization (SECI) processes of the knowledge creation theory.
Data were collected from a sample of 455 knowledge workers from four Korean forprofit organizations, utilizing a systematic procedure, which includes: initial item and domain development based on a comprehensive literature review, reliability assessment and item deduction, and construct validity and psychometric property assessment.
Results show that 17 items related to individual and team members' practices of acquiring and sharing knowledge in organizational contexts measure the four domains of SECI knowledge creation practices.
Although samples from Korean business settings indicate a limited generalizability, this study's theorygrounded item specification and systematic procedure of scale development (i.e. descriptive statistics, reliability and intercorrelation analysis, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis using the random split method) can be replicated in future similar studies or scale development research.
Scores at the individual, group, or firm level can be utilized for comparison or development purposes to promote the collaborative knowledge creation practices in organizations.