oa South African Journal of Information Management - Minimizing dysfunctional internal competition : a strategy enabler model

Volume 8 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2078-1865
  • E-ISSN: 1560-683X



The practice of forced distributions when doing performance appraisals is commonplace. This type of management practice goes hand in hand with narcissism, a culture in which competition is pursued until there are losers and winners. As a result of dysfunctional internal competition, management runs the risk of being held in contempt by the very employees it is attempting to lead. Fear of ending up as losers is taking on a strategic dimension, vesting a culture of not sharing knowledge. To find a possible solution to this problem, a literature survey was done and discussions conducted with experienced specialists and practitioners in the fields of strategic management, knowledge management and human resource (HR) management. The identified relationships were used to develop a strategy enabler model, a model capable of optimizing strategic endeavours, while at the same time minimizing dysfunctional internal competition.

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