Technology and Knowledge Flow

Technology and Knowledge Flow

The Power of Networks

1st Edition - August 5, 2011

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  • Editor: Guglielmo Trentin
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632674

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This book outlines how network technology can support, foster and enhance the Knowledge Management, Sharing and Development (KMSD) processes in professional environments through the activation of both formal and informal knowledge flows. Understanding how ICT can be made available to such flows in the knowledge society is a factor that cannot be disregarded and is confirmed by the increasing interest of companies in new forms of software-mediated social interaction. The latter factor is in relation both to the possibility of accelerating internal communication and problem solving processes, and/or in relation to dynamics of endogenous knowledge growth of human resources.The book will focus specifically on knowledge flow (KF) processes occurring within networked communities of professionals (NCP) and the associated virtual community environments (VCE) that foster horizontal dynamics in the management, sharing and development of fresh knowledge. Along this line a further key issue will concern the analysis and evaluation techniques of the impact of Network Technology use on both community KF and NCP performance.

Key Features

  • The proposal of a taxonomy of Network Technology uses to support formal and informal knowledge flows
  • Analyses how Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technology is deeply modifying the dynamics connected to KF and KM
  • Discusses dynamics underlying horizontal KF sharing processes within NCP


Human resources managers and training managers within enterprises

Table of Contents

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    Acronyms used

    About the author


    Chapter 1: Leveraging mobile network technologies to accelerate tacit knowledge flows across organisations and distances

    Chapter 2: Modelling the dynamics of knowledge flow within networked communities of professionals

    Chapter 3: Supporting knowledge flow in web-based environments by means of narrative

    Chapter 4: What are virtual walls to flow of knowledge in teamwork discussions?

    Chapter 5: Knowledge flows and graphic knowledge representations

    Chapter 6: Graphic knowledge representation as a tool for fostering knowledge flow in informal learning processes

    Chapter 7: Conclusive thoughts on communication flow, knowledge flow and informal learning


Product details

  • No. of pages: 196
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2011
  • Published: August 5, 2011
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780632674

About the Editor

Guglielmo Trentin

Guglielmo Trentin is senior researcher and project manager at the Institute for Educational Technology (ITD) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). His studies have largely focused on the use of ICT in formal and informal learning. In this field he has managed several projects and scientific activities, developing technological applications and methodological approaches to support networked learning and knowledge sharing. He teaches Network Technology and Knowledge Flow at the University of Turin. He has published extensively on technology enhanced formal and informal learning.

Affiliations and Expertise

CNR – Institute for Educational Technology, Italy

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