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Applying Earl's KM model in IK management: with reference to Kenya and South Africa

Dorothy Njiraine (Department of Information Studies, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa)
CJB Le Roux (Department of Information Studies, University of Zululand, KwaDlangezwa, South Africa)

The Electronic Library

ISSN: 0264-0473

Article publication date: 15 November 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to show‐case how modern Knowledge Management Models, specifically that of Earl, can be applied to manage Indigenous Knowledge (IK).

Design/methodology/approach

The paper is largely based on the review of both print and electronic resources.

Findings

Despite IK being tacit and marginalized it can indeed be managed by use of modern models just like modern knowledge.

Research limitations/implications

Validation poses a challenge and the future of IK will also be challenged unless stringent solutions are unveiled.

Practical implications

The paper suggests a number of ways in which IK can be managed using the contemporary KM models with specific attention to Earl's KM Taxonomy.

Originality/value

The paper shows how IK, a tacit knowledge, can go through the various KM processes of creation/production, storage, processing/codification, transfer and utilization successfully.

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Citation

Njiraine, D. and Le Roux, C. (2011), "Applying Earl's KM model in IK management: with reference to Kenya and South Africa", The Electronic Library, Vol. 29 No. 6, pp. 817-827. https://doi.org/10.1108/02640471111188033

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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