Knowledge management systems: finding a way with technology

Knowledge management systems: finding a way with technology Purpose – To consider the role of technology in knowledge management in organizations, both actual and desired. Design/methodology/approach – Facilitated, computer‐supported group workshops were conducted with 78 people from ten different organizations. The objective of each workshop was to review the current state of knowledge management in that organization and develop an action plan for the future. Findings – Only three organizations had adopted a strongly technology‐based “solution” to knowledge management problems, and these followed three substantially different routes. There was a clear emphasis on the use of general information technology tools to support knowledge management activities, rather than the use of tools specific to knowledge management. Research limitations/implications – Further research is needed to help organizations make best use of generally available software such as intranets and e‐mail for knowledge management. Many issues, especially human, relate to the implementation of any technology. Participation was restricted to organizations that wished to produce an action plan for knowledge management. The findings may therefore represent only “average” organizations, not the very best practice. Practical implications – Each organization must resolve four tensions: between the quantity and quality of information/knowledge, between centralized and decentralized organization, between head office and organizational knowledge, and between “push” and “pull” processes. Originality/value – Although it is the group rather than an individual that determines what counts as knowledge, hardly any previous studies of knowledge management have collected data in a group context. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Knowledge Management Emerald Publishing

Knowledge management systems: finding a way with technology

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1367-3270
DOI
10.1108/13673270510583009
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Abstract

Purpose – To consider the role of technology in knowledge management in organizations, both actual and desired. Design/methodology/approach – Facilitated, computer‐supported group workshops were conducted with 78 people from ten different organizations. The objective of each workshop was to review the current state of knowledge management in that organization and develop an action plan for the future. Findings – Only three organizations had adopted a strongly technology‐based “solution” to knowledge management problems, and these followed three substantially different routes. There was a clear emphasis on the use of general information technology tools to support knowledge management activities, rather than the use of tools specific to knowledge management. Research limitations/implications – Further research is needed to help organizations make best use of generally available software such as intranets and e‐mail for knowledge management. Many issues, especially human, relate to the implementation of any technology. Participation was restricted to organizations that wished to produce an action plan for knowledge management. The findings may therefore represent only “average” organizations, not the very best practice. Practical implications – Each organization must resolve four tensions: between the quantity and quality of information/knowledge, between centralized and decentralized organization, between head office and organizational knowledge, and between “push” and “pull” processes. Originality/value – Although it is the group rather than an individual that determines what counts as knowledge, hardly any previous studies of knowledge management have collected data in a group context.

Journal

Journal of Knowledge ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Feb 1, 2005

Keywords: Knowledge management; Communication technologies; Organizations

References

  • Management Accounting and Knowledge Management
    Edwards, J.S.; Collier, P.M.; Shaw, D.
  • Knowledge‐based systems and knowledge management: friends or foes?
    Hendriks, P.H.J.; Vriens, D.J.
  • Re‐assessing the enabling role of information technology in KM
    Junnarkar, B.; Brown, C.V.
  • Expert systems: an integral part of knowledge management
    Liebowitz, J.
  • Knowledge management: linking people to knowledge for bottom line results
    Offsey, S.

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