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farajpahlou A, osareh F, karimi R. Designing and Testing a Model for Evaluating the ‘Knowledge-Creating Ba’ in Iranian Islamic research centers. تحقيقات اطلاع رساني و كتابخانه هاي عمومي. 2018; 24 (3) :387-410
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Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz , karimirez@gmail.com
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Purpose: The present research aims to design and test a model for evaluating the knowledge-creating ‘Ba’ (i.e. environment) in Iranian Islamic research centers based on the Triple-Helix and I-System theories and investigating the effect of personality traits, research environment and the capabilities of researchers and faculty members on the research performance of these centers.
Methodology: The present study is an applied research in terms of the purpose and a quantitative descriptive-survey study in terms of data collection method which is typically based on structural equation modeling. The main instrument for data collection was a questionnaire with 30 questions for 'ba' environment, 7 questions for capabilities of researchers and faculty members, and 5 questions for personality traits. The evaluations of research performance were weighted based on the researchers' research activities. The study population consisted of all researchers and faculty members of Iranian Islamic research Centers, who were numbered 2328, from whom a sample of 330 individuals was chosen using simple random sampling according to the Krejcie-Morgan Table, and then a research questionnaire was distributed among them. Data were analyzed using LISREL and SPSS software programs
Findings: The results of the ‘Ba’ environment showed that nine dimensions including infrastructure in ‘intelligence Ba’, actors in ‘intelligence Ba’, information in ‘intelligence Ba’, infrastructure in ‘involvement Ba’, actors in ‘involvement Ba’, information in ‘involvement Ba’, infrastructure in ‘imagination Ba’, actors in ‘imagination Ba’, and information in ‘imagination Ba’ were the major factors affecting the evaluation of ‘Ba’ environment in Iranian Islamic research centers. Furthermore, the results of all factors used in the model for capabilities of researchers and faculty members, and their personality Traits and research performance were statistically significant. Finally, the results of the structural model showed that ‘Ba’ environment, capabilities of researchers and faculty members, and personality Traits had a significantly positive effect on the research performance of of researchers and faculty members in Iranian Islamic research centers.
Originality/value: This study was conducted at the level of Islamic research centers. Since the results of this study showed the significance of all factors of the research environment, capabilities of researchers and faculty members, personality traits and their significantly positive effect on the research performance — a model which have been designed for the first time in the Islamic research centers —, the gap between the current status and favorable situation of ‘Ba’ environment within the framework of the Triple Helix model and I- systems can be measured and analyzed and then its findings can be applied to improve the research performance of Islamic research centers.
 
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Type of Study: quantitative | Subject: Information Management, Knowledge Management
Received: 2016/12/5 | Accepted: 2017/02/20 | Published: 2017/12/19

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