Knowledge management (KM) as a viable solution to public service delivery challenges

Keywords: Knowledge management, KM, Service delivery, Service delivery improvement plan, South Africa, South African government


The object of research: The study revolves around KM and service delivery. It ascertains whether KM is a plausible solution to public service delivery challenges. Although the paper is aimed at governments worldwide, it is focusing on South Africa.

Investigated problem: While the public service in South Africa has been significantly transformed since apartheid's end in 1994, the government is now under enormous pressure to deliver and save the public service from further collapse. Recent years have seen an increase in service delivery demonstrations and marches. Many believe the public service delivery mechanisms introduced to circumvent public service delivery challenges have been ineffective.

The main scientific results: Despite knowing what must be done, officials have trouble putting their plans, strategies, and policies into action. This is even though service delivery mechanisms were implemented to help them improve service delivery. In fact, only half of the respondents (50.7 %, n=33) were aware of service delivery mechanisms, though 95.4 % (n=62) concurred that KM is a viable solution to improve service delivery.

Area of practical use of the research results: Very little research has been conducted on KM as a potential solution to South Africa's service delivery problems. As a result, this research provides new insights into improving public sector service delivery using KM. Overall, the findings will benefit KM and Public Administration practitioners.


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Author Biography

Robertson K. Tengeh, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Department of Public Administration and Governance


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Barbier, L., & Tengeh, R. K. (2022). Knowledge management (KM) as a viable solution to public service delivery challenges. ScienceRise, (4), 25-37.
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