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current survey, the researcher sought to concentrate on the respondents who were most likely to be interested in the area of study. Arguably, the number of responses received was sufficient for the purpose of analysis. Also the responses that were forthcoming were those from people with a genuine interest in the topic and with potentially valuable contributions to make. Responses are reported here by category including: country of residence, gender/age, occupation, and level of qualification. 6As one of the respondents of this survey, who is an author of this area, observed in an email to the researcher “I started doing your questionnaire, but found it too long. I am well away from the LIS education environment now, so my comments would not be that valuable.”
Chapter 4: Analysis and Interpretation of Mixed Data 106•Country of residence: The overwhelming body of response to the survey came from professionals in English-speaking countries. This is possibly a reflection of the earlier take-up of knowledge management in those countries, and of the higher levels of engagement with the issues concerned. As is clear from Figure 4.1, the majority of respondents (69.7 %) were from the USA, and Australia, some 35.8% and 33.9% respectively. Other responses came mainly from the UK, Kuwait and Canada. The average level of response from other countries, ranged between 1 and 3 responses.__ Figure 4.1 Country of residence of participants. •Gender/Age: The proportion of female respondents was 75.5 %, which is perhaps to be expected in a profession where women are so well represented.As is shown in Table 4.1, 93.4% of responses to the survey came from people aged between 25 and 65 years old. Within this age range however, levels of participation were uniform (about 20% for each category), with most of the respondents (33.0%) falling into the 46-55 age group. 388155436USAUKOthersKuwaitCanada Australia
Chapter 4: Analysis and Interpretation of Mixed Data 107Table 4.1 Age groups of respondents. Frequency Percent Valid Percent Cumulative Percent Under 25 2 1.9 1.9 1.9 25-35 21 19.8 19.8 21.7 36-45 22 20.8 20.8 42.5 46-55 35 33.0 33.0 75.5 56-65 21 19.8 19.8 95.3 Over 65 5 4.7 4.7 100.0 Valid Total 106 100 100.0 •Occupation Information related to occupational status was collected from an open-ended question, with responses classified into 5 broad categories as shown in Table 4.2 below. This exercise was conducted, based on a view of knowledge professionals as “Someone who works closely with knowledge workers, understands their needs, provides direction, and facilitates various knowledge activities such as knowledge capture, knowledge retention, knowledge sharing, and knowledge transfer” (Hawamdeh, Suliman 2005, P.1200). To identify the specific job titles of these knowledge professionals, Angela Abell’s diagram of ‘Roles in knowledge enabled organisations’ (Abell, Angela & Oxbrow 2005)7was used as a guide.