How to Measure Tacit Knowledge: The V.R.I.N Model’s Method

By Khaled Tamzini, Tahar Lazhar Ayed and Aisha Wood BOULANOUAR.

Published by Knowledge Management: An International Journal

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The authors have called this quantitative method: “The V.R.I.N model’s method” which is built upon Barney’s (1991) resource-based view. The methodology of “The V.R.I.N model’s method” is based on the operationalization of the four dimensions which were advanced and considered by Barney (1991) as attributes of a resource: value; rarity; inimitability and non-substitutability. The main finding of this study is to confirm Tamzini (2015)’s previous findings, mainly the fact that tacit knowledge is quadridiemensional and its dimensions are unidimensional and to confirm the V.R.I.N model of Barney (1991). This paper contribute to cope with: the empirical research scarcity, the dominance of the qualitative methods, and the risks to abuse in using proxies to measure tacit knowledge by providing researchers with an original quantitative method in the field of the resource-based view of the firm.

Keywords: Tacit Knowledge, V.R.I.N Model’s Method, Knowledge Management, Management Education

Knowledge Management: An International Journal, Volume 16, Issue 3, September 2016, pp.1-17. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online: September 13, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 962.634KB)).

Dr. Khaled Tamzini

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, IHEC of Sousse, Ariana, Tunis, Tunisia

Dr Tahar Lazhar Ayed

Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Umm Al-Qura University, KSA, Nabeul, Tunisia