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Table 3 Details of attributes in each category, and example of tool items

From: What can management theories offer evidence-based practice? A comparative analysis of measurement tools for organisational context

Category Attribute Examples of individual tool items + source
OL culture Climate:, e.g., openness, respect, trust Open communication is a characteristic of the Department (CCS)[102]
  Learning as a key value The basic values of the Department include learning as a key to improvement (OLC3)[94]
  Involving the individual Managers frequently involve staff in important decisions (OLS2)[95]
  Valuing the individual The organisation considers individuals to be an asset (OLS1)[110]
Vision Existence of key strategic aims Managing knowledge is central to the organisation's strategy (KMAT)[103]
  Existence of policies and infrastructures There are specific infrastructures to support the research process (ABC)[107]
  Communication Management clearly communicates key research strategy and priorities (BART)[98]
  Shared vision/goals There is widespread support and acceptance of the organisation's mission statement (OLS2)[95]
Leadership Presence of leadership Strong professional leadership (KEYS)[93]
  Existence of committees and representation Nursing representation on research committee, council etc (ABC)[107]
  Managerial processes and attributes Management proactively addresses problems (OLC1)[104]
Knowledge need Existence of a questioning culture Nurses are encouraged to question their practices (ABC)[107]
  Learning from experience Problems are discussed openly and without blame (OLS1)[110]
  Recognising and valuing existing knowledge There are best practice repositories in my organisation (KMQ)[109]
Acquisition of new knowledge Accessing information Network access to information databases available to all (OLS1)[110]
  Information dissemination Use of communication skills to present information in a 'user friendly' way (BART)[98]
  Exposure to new information Attendance at conferences/presentations that give information (RUS)[99, 100]
Knowledge sharing Promoting internal knowledge transfer Employees are encouraged to discuss xperiences/expertise with colleagues (KMS)[97]
  Supporting teamwork Multi-professional review and audit (ABC)[107]
  Knowledge transfer technology/mechanisms Technology to support collaboration is available and placed rapidly in the hands of employees (KMAT)[103]
  Promoting external contacts We have a system that allows us to learn successful practices from other organisations (OLS2)[95]
Knowledge use Encouraging innovation This firm promotes experimentation and innovation as a way of improving the work processes (OLC2).[96]
  Developing expertise We are encouraged to attend training programmes (KMQ)[109]
  Role recognition and incentives/reward Nurses who participate in the research process receive recognition for their involvement (ABC)[107]
  Support and access to expertise
a) internal-management
b) internal – peers
c) internal – others
b) external
Cooperative agreements with Universities etc formed (KMS)[97]
  Access to resources
a) funding
b) time
c) evaluation and data capture technology
d) authority
My organisation provides resources for the utilisation of nursing research (RandD)[47]