Knowledge Horizons

1st Edition

The Present and the Promise of Knowledge Management

Authors: Charles Despres Daniele Chauvel
Paperback ISBN: 9780750672474
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 12th October 2000
Page Count: 352


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Knowledge Horizons charts the feasible future for knowledge management. This practical and provocative resource presents the work of many of the leading voices in knowledge management and related disciplines, who explore the current trends and offer pragmatic and authoritative thinking on applied knowledge management from a variety of positions.

Knowledge management is the new frontier for businesses, organizations, and institutions of all kinds. For those that hope to conquer this new territory, establishing a better understanding of current and future knowledge management trends and adoption of the most effective practices is imperitive. There are numerous options for executives: intranets, extranets, groupware, and core competencies are continually being refined. New entitites and rules in terms of intellectual capital and the "Chief Knowledge Officer" are emerging. Knowledge Horizons addresses these issues by exploring current and future knowledge management trends, gauging the future value of knowledge management investments, and how they will drive new business initiatives, and integrates the experience and insights of managers and cutting-edge research from experts in the field.

Key Features

Helps knowledge managers understand current and future knowledge management trends Enables organizations to gauge the future value of knowledge management investments and how they will drive new business initiatives Pragmatically integrates the experience and insights of managers and consultants with cutting-edge academic knowledge management research


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Table of Contents

Preface- Despres & Chauvel; Contributor List; Knowledge Management- Karl Wiig; Shifts in the World Economy- Robert Grant; A Thematic Analysis of the Thinking in Knowledge Management- Despres & Chauvel; Knowledge, Knowledge Creation and Knowledge-Intensive Management- Ikujrio Nonaka; Tools for Knowledge Management- Anthony Wensley & Alison Verwijk-O'Sullivan; Strategies for Managing Knowledge Assets- David J. Teece; Managing Knowledge Systems- J.-C. Spender; Design Considerations for Organizations Seeking Business Benefits from Knowledge Management- Peter Murray; What Do We Know About CKO- Michael J. Earl & Ian A. Scott; Communities of Practice- Etienne Wenger; Transferring and Managing Knowledge in Alliances- Nicolas Rolland & Daniele Chauvel; The Social Ecology of Knowledge Management- David Snowden; The New Organizations- Bo Hedberg; Managing Knowledge in Adaptiative Enterprises- Stephan H. Haeckel; The New Metrics- David Skyrme; Bibiliography


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About the Author

Charles Despres

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, and Director of International Affairs at the Graduate School of Business, Marseille-Provence; Principal at the Theseus Knowledge Management Competence Center.

Daniele Chauvel

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Information Services at the Theseus Institute; Principal of the Theseus Knowledge Management Competence Center. Previously directed an IS based center of continuing education for managers.


The editors have assembled a fine combination of some of the leading thinkers and practitioners, both eminent and prominent in KM to contribute, This book is likely to appeal to students of KM. It is richly referenced, with over 300 references, and is certainly a good buy at £15.99. Arvind Chudasama - Knowledge Management - March 2001