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dc.contributor.authorWilkes, Taylor
dc.date.accessioned2016-04-26 16:40:03 (GMT)
dc.date.available2016-04-26 16:40:03 (GMT)
dc.date.issued2016-04-26
dc.date.submitted2016-04-13
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10012/10399
dc.description.abstractMany social sciences recognize tacit knowledge, including its contextual and affective sources, as instrumental to professionals’ decision-making and behaviour. Utilization of individuals’ tacit knowledge was an identified gap in water governance research, given its implementation challenges. Solutions to improve performance focus on group dynamics and consensus making but exclude the psychological micro-perspective on how individuals biologically make decisions and the underlying variables that influence those decisions. This study drew upon environmental psychology and knowledge management literature to address the theoretical gap. An Israeli case study enabled exploration into how water research and policy (WRP) professionals think about water and the influence that had on their professional behaviours. The study used interviewing (May-July 2012, n=24) and autoethnography as methods to collect person-focused data, which was interpreted using indicators from pro-environmental behaviour models and a thematic analysis approach. Two dominant themes emerged that influenced professional behaviour: a norm to subscribe to a water scarcity ethic and a perceived expectation to contribute to society. The themes promoted morally aligned career commitment, for which supporting literature on affective commitment demonstrates improved knowledge sharing and motivation amongst professionals. They also perpetuated a constrained national water agenda and internal value conflicts for the professionals, creating both behavioural barriers and motivators. The paper concludes with theoretical and practical observations. It recommends Israel’s WRP community would benefit from incorporating individuals’ tacit knowledge in the following ways: a) to diminish entrenched decision-making; b) to improve interdisciplinary networks and training; c) to promote women managers; and d) to better harness professionals’ performance potential.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Waterlooen
dc.subjectwater governanceen
dc.subjecttacit knowledgeen
dc.subjectidentityen
dc.subjectprofessional cultureen
dc.subjectknowledge managementen
dc.subjectenvironmental psychologyen
dc.subjectIsraelen
dc.subjectwomenen
dc.subjectwater scarcityen
dc.titleIndividuals’ Knowledge and Behaviour in Water Governance: An Israeli Case Study of Female Water Research and Policy Professionalsen
dc.typeMaster Thesisen
dc.pendingfalse
uws-etd.degree.departmentSchool of Environment, Resources and Sustainabilityen
uws-etd.degree.disciplineEnvironment, Resources and Sustainability Studies (Water)en
uws-etd.degree.grantorUniversity of Waterlooen
uws-etd.degreeMaster of Environmental Studiesen
uws.contributor.advisorWolfe, Sarah E.
uws.contributor.affiliation1Faculty of Environmenten
uws.published.cityWaterlooen
uws.published.countryCanadaen
uws.published.provinceOntarioen
uws.typeOfResourceTexten
uws.peerReviewStatusUnrevieweden
uws.scholarLevelGraduateen


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