On being an elephant in the age of oblivion

J. Martin Corbett (Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)

Information Technology & People

ISSN: 0959-3845

Publication date: 1 December 2000


In their review of research on organisational memory, Walsh and Ungson argue that the extant representations of the concept are fragmented and underdeveloped. It is argued that this is due, at least in part, to the dominance of psychological models of memory based on the individual which are employed by organisational memory system designers. In this article it is argued that the development of a more social psychological theory of memory not only helps us understand the roots of the present confusion surrounding the concept of organisational memory, but it also enables the development of a more coherent theoretical model to guide research on the transformational effects of computer‐based information systems on organisational memory.



Corbett, J. (2000), "On being an elephant in the age of oblivion", Information Technology & People, Vol. 13 No. 4, pp. 282-297. https://doi.org/10.1108/09593840010359482

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