Key challenges in the search for the effective management of knowledge in management consulting firms

Richard Dunford (Richard Dunford is an Associate Professor at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 1 December 2000

Abstract

Consulting firms cite knowledge management as a core capability for achieving competitive advantage. Consistent with this claim has been their increasing investment in systems that seek to formalize knowledge management and allow firms to leverage the knowledge held within the firm. However, despite some successes, knowledge management remains a major challenge. Investigates this situation, using a framework that distinguishes between input and output challenges. Input challenges relate to the production of a knowledge base that is able to be shared within the firm. Output challenges relate to the capacity for effective utilization of any such knowledge base. Concludes with a discussion of the way in which changes in the pattern of consulting services has implications for the sort of knowledge that various consulting firms wish to codify, the dangers associated with codification and the means by which these can be managed.

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Dunford, R. (2000), "Key challenges in the search for the effective management of knowledge in management consulting firms", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 295-302. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270010379849

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MCB UP Ltd

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