Accepted 27th July, 2017
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationships between Knowledge management and social capital and staff empowerment among education personnel in the city of Ardabil (Iran). The population in the present descriptive-correlational study consisted of all male education personnel in the city of Ardabil (n=250) in 2014. Using Jersey-Morgan table and stratified random sampling method, 145 people were selected as the study’s samples. The data were collected through the Staff Empowerment Questionnaire (Reinhart and Short, 1995), the Knowledge management Questionnaire (Mirza Asefi, Rajaei Pour and Jamshidian, 2011) and the Social Capital Questionnaire (Ownegh, 2005). The data were analyzed using Pearson Correlation and Multiple Regression Analysis. The results showed significant relationships between Knowledge management and staff empowerment and between social capital and staff empowerment. Among the components of Knowledge management, externalization and understanding legal and economic issues related to the use of information had respectively the highest (0.523) and the lowest (0.470) predictive power in predicting staff empowerment. Among the components of social capital, trust and commitment had respectively the highest (0.589) and the lowest (0.488) predictive power in predicting staff empowerment.
Keywords: Knowledge management, Social Capital, Empowerment, Human relationships