Abstracts: September 9th, 1999

ByMcAdam R, McCreedy S
The Learning Organization, , Vol 6 No 3 1999
Start page: 91. No of pages: 10

Asks whether knowledge management is an emerging paradigm for
organisational improvement or if it is a passing fad. Identifies the main
schools of thought within knowledge management. Looks at two different
conceptualizations of knowledge that underpin the theories on knowledge
management – the first viewing knowledge as intellectual capital, seeing it
as an asset that can be managed, in similar ways to other organizational
assets; the second seeing knowledge as socially constructed. Argues that
the acknowledgement that knowledge is socially constructed is vital for the
continuing development of knowledge management as an emerging paradigm.
Suggests that the alternative view relegates knowledge management to being
a convenient management tool. Presents a critique of the different models
of knowledge management, identifying three categories of model – those that
categorize knowledge into discrete categories (known as knowledge category
models); those that see knowledge as intellectually constructed; and those
that see knowledge as socially constructed. Develops a model of knowledge
management which acknowledges both the scientific and social construction
of knowledge.

Subject(s): KNOWLEDGE-BASED SYSTEMS, ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING,
ORGANIZATIONAL THEORY, INFORMATION, KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT
Database: TMA: Top Management Abstracts. Style: Wholly theoretical
ISSN: 0969-6474. Reference: 28AR030

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