Evaluation of Self-Reflection Training to Uncover Tacit Knowledge in a Learning Organization

Evaluationsstudie zur Wirkung von Selbstreflexion in Bezug auf das Aufdecken impliziten Wissens in lernenden Organisationen


  • Victoria Hasenstab FOM Hochschule
  • Manuel Pietzonka FOM Hochschule Hannover, Germany




tacit knowledge, organizational learning, self-reflection, knowledge transfer


By working in different projects and different teams over years, employees acquire tacit knowledge unconsciously. It is represented through experiences and is intangible. This knowledge is embodied in our routines. Therefore, it is difficult to verbalize tacit knowledge. This paper introduces a practical approach for companies to use their tacit knowledge in order to become a learning organization. The results of a semi-standardized face-to-face-interview survey with participants (n=10) show to what extent a self-reflection can contribute to uncover and share tacit knowledge in an IT-organization. The answers of the participants were recorded, utilized, coded and analyzed qualitatively. The results show that the intervention can encourage the process of uncovering tacit knowledge. It is possible for the employees to see the past project problems from different perspectives via self-reflection. Thereby they are able to uncover the tacit dimension of their experience and gain new insights.


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How to Cite

Hasenstab, V. and Pietzonka, M. 2019. Evaluation of Self-Reflection Training to Uncover Tacit Knowledge in a Learning Organization: Evaluationsstudie zur Wirkung von Selbstreflexion in Bezug auf das Aufdecken impliziten Wissens in lernenden Organisationen. AIS Transactions on Enterprise Systems. 4, 1 (May 2019). DOI:https://doi.org/10.30844/aistes.v4i1.13.