Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management

1st Edition

The Latest in University Research

Authors: Michael Stankosky
Paperback ISBN: 9780750678780
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th February 2005
Page Count: 256


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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.

Key Features

First book to provide cutting-edge research from new scholars in Knowledge Management Provides a rationale and research base for establishing knowledge management as an academic discipline *Research from the first doctoral program in knowledge management in North America, at George Washington University


Primarily Academics: graduate students enrolled in KM programs worldwide, Secondary: members of KM professional societies, corporate university courses in KM

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Dedication

  1. 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 Appendix Bibliogrpahy About the Contributors About the Editor Index


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About the Author

Michael Stankosky

Mike Stankosky is Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Co-founder/Co-director of the Institute for Knowledge Management at the George Washington University. He is the Lead Professor for Knowledge Management, Marketing of Technology and Technology Issues Analysis. He has established the first U.S. Masters, Graduate Certificate, and Doctoral programs in Knowledge Management (KM); and is directing extensive KM research (over 50 researchers), with the objective of creating an academic discipline and a theory of Knowledge Management. He has written several seminal articles, addressed numerous conferences, and is a contributing editor to KMWorld on this topic. He consults to several corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies on KM. He co-founded the Institute for Knowledge Management at the George Washington University. Dr. Stankosky joined the George Washington University in 1998. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President for Business Development at QuesTech, Inc., a Systems Engineering and Integration Corporation. He spent five years at Science Applications International Corporation as Vice President for Commercial and International Business Development, specializing in Information Technology solutions. He has 26 years experience in the military, encompassing many areas of research, development, and acquisition. His expertise ranges from command, control, communications, computers, modeling and simulation to systems and software engineering, to program management and direction activities, to policy formulation and operational leadership positions. He also served as a diplomat at the American Embassy, Paris, brokering relationships among U.S. and French governments and various enterprises. He retired as a Colonel of Marines. Dr. Stankosky has been active in developing Information Technology (IT) architectures that cut across many domains. He pioneered the widely implemented Department of Defense I

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"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 perfor