Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management

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  • Michael Stankosky, Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Co-founder/Co-director of the Institute for Knowledge Management, George Washington University

In this book Dr. Michael Stankosky, founder of the first doctoral program in knowledge management, sets out to provide a rationale and solid research basis for establishing Knowledge Management (KM) as an academic discipline. While it is widely known that Knowledge is the driver of our knowledge economy, Knowledge Management does not yet have the legitimacy that only rigorous academic research can provide. This book lays out the argument for KM as a separate academic discipline, with its own body of knowledge (theoretical constructs), guiding principles, and professional society. In creating an academic discipline, there has to be a widely accepted theoretical construct, arrived at by undergoing scholarly scientific investigation and accompanying rigor. This construct becomes the basis for an academic curriculum, and proven methodologies for practice. Thus, the chapters in this book bridge theory and practice, providing guiding principles to those embarking on or evaluating the merits of a KM program. As a methodology itself for undertaking the development of a body of knowledge, a KM Research Map was developed to guide scholars, researchers, and practitioners. This book presents this map, and showcases cutting-edge scholarship already performed in this nascent field by including the dissertation results of eleven KM scholar/practitioners.
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Primarily Academics: graduate students enrolled in KM programs worldwide, Secondary: members of KM professional societies, corporate university courses in KM


Book information

  • Published: February 2005
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7878-0


"Michael Stankosky has been, and continues to be, the single strongest driving force behind the evolution and development of knowledge management as a legitimate and respected academic discipline and pursuit. For years to come, this collection will be viewed as a seminal work of knowledge management scholarship." --Hugh McKellar, Editor-in-Chief, KMWorld Magazine "This well crafted manuscript is like a gyroscope – grounded in values of the Knowledge Economy moving toward a vision of more sustainable enterprises, nation and world. It is a timely, refreshing and fundamental gift to the knowledge profession. With compelling doctoral research, Stankosky provides a solid foundation for the principles, practices and policies for real-time knowledge innovation – the management competence of the decade.” - Debra M. Amidon, Founder and CEO of ENTOVATION International Ltd and author of The Innovation SuperHighway "An important collection of research findings that will act as a catalyst in the process of moving doctrine into concepts for practical application." - Dave Britt, VP/GM, Knowledge Solutions Business Sector "Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management is an excellent reference for the KM practitioner, reflecting the diversity, both in depth and breadth, of this emerging discipline. The diversity revealed within the book supports the ongoing need for a unified KM ontology to frame this critical discipline. The research results additionally provide academic legitimacy for the successes we have been able to achieve with knowledge awareness at General Motors." -- Steven Wieneke, GM Technical Fellow Global Technical Memory, General Motors Corporation "The core principles of Knowledge Management are an integral part of every corporate culture. Daily we perform aspects of knowledge management without realizing the source, benefits, or fully understanding the underlying process. With this book, Michael illustrates an easy to use framework to link elements from multiple sources into a cohesive and workable enterprise strategy. -- Wil Vargas, Director of Knowledge Management, United Way of America "This grouping of dissertations surrounding the important KM concepts promulgated by George Washington University, and in particular Professor Michael Stankosky, captures and illuminates the early academic connections as the field emerged, and continues to emerge. This book is the first work of its kind, and as such professionals who take the time to navigate its academic approach will discover worthwhile nuggets that point to the continuing growth and importance of the field. I salute these brave architects of a new discipline!" -- Alex Bennet, Co-Founder, Mountain Quest Institute; Former Chief Knowledge Officer for the US Department of Navy "Inside the knowledge box - Dr Stankosky and his team help us understand the main dimensions of the knowledge construct and the need to manage critical relationships to ensure the success of the KM enterprise and maximize business value." -- Bruno A. Laporte, Manager, Knowledge and Operations, WorldBank "Knowledge has always been the primary driving force of business and government. Today the speed of business demands that knowledge be managed as a vital resource in our highly-networked, global economy. In this book Dr. Stankosky has assembled a dozen important research works that advance the scientific underpinning of Knowledge Management, and argue forcefully for its treatment as a discipline that fuses technical and management sciences. An outstanding contribution to this critical field!" --Dave Chesebrough, President, AFEI

Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgementsDedication1. Advances in Knowledge Management: university research toward an academic displince, Editor: Michael A. Stankosky, D.Sc. 2. The Early Pathways: Theory to Practice – A Continum, Francesco A. Calabrese, D.Sc. 3. Developing A Foundation For A Successful Knowledge Management System, Charles H. Bixler, D.Sc. 4. An Empirical Study of Organizational Culture Types and their Relationship with the Success of a Knowledge Management System and the Flow of Knowledge in the U.S. Government and Nonprofit Sectors, Juan Roman-Velazquez 5. Building a Knowledge-Centered Culture: a Matter of Trust, Vincent M. Ribière, D.Sc. 6. The State of Knowledge Management Practice in Taiwan, William D. Schulte, Ph.D. and Po Jeng Wang, D.Sc. 7. Relationship between Knowledge Management Technologies and Learning Actions of Global Organizations, Juan Pablo Giraldo, D.Sc. 8. Leveraging Knowledge Management Technologies to Manage Intellectual Capital, Kevin O’Sullivan, D.Sc. 9. Knowledge Management Technology and Organizational Culture, Heejun Park, Ph.D. 10. Knowledge Management in a Military Enterprise: A Pilot Case Study of SPAWAR, Captain Mickey V. Ross, USN, D.Sc. and Dr. William Schulte 11. Knowledge Management Criteria, Dr. Vittal Anantatmula 12. A Framework of Intangible Valuation Areas (FIVA), Dr. Annie Green AppendixBibliogrpahyAbout the ContributorsAbout the EditorIndex