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The re‐structuring of the information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) implementation using knowledge management framework

Mirghani S. Mohamed (New York Institute of Technology, Adliya, Bahrain)
Vincent M. Ribière (Institute for Knowledge and Innovation, Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan (New York Institute of Technology, New York, USA)
Mona A. Mohamed (New York Institute of Technology, Adliya, Bahrain)


ISSN: 0305-5728

Article publication date: 29 August 2008




The purpose of this paper is to provide reinforcement for ITIL V 2.0 implementation process through knowledge management principles embedded in enterprise management‐engineering framework (EMEF).


EMEF has been amended to include knowledge management (KM) activities that are imperative for a melioration of ITIL implementation. The framework of four domains has been documented in detail. Additionally, the three major amendments of structure, architecture, and context have been suggested for a configuration management database (CMDB) to comply with KM principles.


There are strong indications that implementing ITIL by following the system‐thinking approach may add and sustain competitive advantage. This may be achieved through the leveraging of knowledge, improvement of core competencies, and fostering a customer‐consciousness approach. The apprehension of knowledge continuum components, and the differentiation between knowledge types, are critical for fortifying the ITIL process path and supporting the decision‐making process throughout ITIL implementation. The four layers of the integrative management domain will significantly contribute to the tuning of operational misalignment between IT and business, and the betterment of the employee and processes effectiveness. The similarities found between ontology objects and CMDB configuration items will raise CMDB information to a higher level of conceptualization.


This paper will be valuable for ITIL customers, decision makers, and implementers by providing a more complete framework allowing organizations to attain effectiveness, efficiency and innovation throughout ITIL implementation.



Mohamed, M.S., Ribière, V.M., O'Sullivan, K.J. and Mohamed, M.A. (2008), "The re‐structuring of the information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) implementation using knowledge management framework", VINE, Vol. 38 No. 3, pp. 315-333.



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