Tacit Knowledge Formation within the Context of the Managerial Maturation Process

By Jana Matošková, Aleš Gregar, Petra Kressova, Vlastimil Švec, Petr Linhart, Jiri Bejtkovsky and Andras Chernel.

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The main aim of our research was to identify the ways in which 30 selected situational, instrumental and personal factors influence managerial development, and create a basis for research into managerial tacit knowledge. The pivotal method for the data acquisition was through interviews with managers that were based on the exploitation of mental maps. The research results were compared with knowledge and observations gained from background research into the available professional literature – e.g. Sternberg (1995, 2001), Leonard and Swap (2005), Bennett (1998), Haldin-Herrgärd (2000, 2003), Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995), Mládková (2004, 2005), Švec (2003). The main results of our research are the following: A person should ideally mature into a managerial position, i.e. they must obtain a sufficient number of experiences and experience (e.g. in subordinate working positions) and the associated Tacit Knowledge. The rate and ease of Managerial Tacit Knowledge acquisition and formation are influenced by the manager’s personality. A mentor can help with the direction and moulding of a novice manager`s Tacit Knowledge. The acquisition and development of Tacit Knowledge is supported by high-quality interpersonal relationships, trust and the possibility of having informal meetings too. Self-reflection by the manager, i.e. their evaluation of their activities, their implicit and explicit or qualitative or quantitative starting conditions, and their results are all important for the creation, acquisition and development of Tacit Knowledge.

Keywords: Knowledge Sharing, Management Development, Managerial Maturation Process, Tacit Knowledge, Tacit Knowledge Acquisition

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.99-110. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1007.527KB).

Dr. Jana Matošková

Lecturer, Department of Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Jana Matošková, Ph.D. Graduate of Tomas Bata University in Zlín in the Czech Republic, Faculty of Management and Economics. She is a teaching Assistant Professor in the Department of Management and Marketing at this faculty. Teaching: Personnel Management, Human Resources Management, and Managerial Methods and Techniques. Dissertation research activities were oriented on: Managerial Tacit Knowledge Acquisition.

Prof. Aleš Gregar

Associate Professor, Department of Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Associate Prof. Aleš Gregar Graduate of TU in Bratislava, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, specialisation in Economics and Management, and from PU in Olomouc, Faculty of Philosophy, and specialisation in Psychology. He has worked in the Personnel Management sphere in several companies for many years. He has worked at the Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, since 1998. At present, he is Vice-Rector for International Relations at this university. He is a member of the Scientific Board of TBU in Zlín, and the Scientific Board of STU, MTF in Trnava. At present, he is the tutor of four doctoral programme students. His research and pedagogical activities are oriented on Personnel Management, Managerial Training, the Psychology of Work, Managerial Psychology and Business Ethics. He has visited several foreign universities on study stays. He is the author of approx. 90 studies and articles published in journals and proceedings both at home and abroad.

Dr. Petra Kressova

Lecturer, Department of Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Petra Kressová Graduate of Tomas Bata University in Zlín in the Czech Republic, Faculty of Management and Economics. A teaching assistant in the Department of Management and Marketing at this faculty and is also a PhD. student at this faculty. Teaching: Personnel Management, Communication Practices in the Czech Language, Communication Skills, and Management Communications Culture. Dissertation research activities are oriented on: The Use of Managerial Competencies for the Development of Managerial Qualifications.

Prof. Vlastimil Švec

Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Prof. Vlastimil Švec He is Dean at the new Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlín in the Czech Republic. He is guarantor for Pedagogy closely related to psychological disciplines at TBU (especially Pedagogical and Social Psychology), as well as teacher training study programmes. He teaches Pedagogy, the Methodology of Pedagogical Research and some interdisciplinary subjects, (e.g. Teaching and Learning). His research activities are oriented on Implicit Pedagogical Knowledge, Teacher Teaching Styles, the Development of Pedagogical Thinking in Teachers, and the Psycho-didactical Problems of Teaching and Learning. He is a member of several University and Faculty Scientific Boards (SB TBU in Zlin, SB PdF UM in Brno, SB PdF PU in Olomouc). He is a member of the Branch Board for the Pedagogy PhD. studies programme at FF, UM, in Brno and at PdF, PU, in Olomouc. He is also a member of the Branch Board for Chemical Education at NSF CU in Prague. Presently, he acts as the tutor of six PhD. students. He is Chairman of The Czech Pedagogical Association, registered by the Association of Scientific Societies of the Czech Academy of Science. He has published approx. 300 studies and articles published in professional journals and proceedings at home and abroad.

Petr Linhart

Doctoral Student, Department of Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Petr Linhart Graduate of Tomas Bata University in Zlín in the Czech Republic, Faculty of Management and Economics. Teaching: Management II. Dissertation research activities are oriented on: Communication in Organizations.

Jiri Bejtkovsky

Doctoral Student, Department of Management, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Jiří Bejtkovský Graduate of Tomas Bata University in Zlín in the Czech Republic, Faculty of Management and Economics. Teaching: Marketing, Communication Skills, Personnel Management Dissertation research activities are oriented on: People over 50 in the Labour Market.

Andras Chernel

Lecturer, Department of Modern Languages, Faculty of Humanities, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, Zlín, Czech Republic

Andras Chernel Graduate of the Central London Polytechnic and the Hotel School at Strathclyde University in Scotland; he currently works in the Department of Modern Languages of the new Faculty of Humanities at TBU in Zlín. His responsibilities include being the guarantor of the FaME Combined Studies and PhD. English Language programmes and developing Business and Managerial English Communication Skills. He also provides Crafting CVs and the Interview Process, A Cross-cultural View on Czech History, and a Multi-cultural View of Modern British Society Through British Cinematography course to Erasmus-Socrates Mobility students. His research activities are oriented on Managerial Communication Skills (Presentation and Intercultural Communication Skills), CALL – Computer Assisted Language Learning (Using Moodle), and Distance and Lifelong Learning.

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