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Linkage between knowledge management and R&D management

Yongtae Park (Faculty Member of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Director of the Graduate Program of Technology Management at the Seoul National University (SNU). He holds a BS in industrial engineering (from SNU), MS and PhD in operations management ( University of Wisconsin‐Madison). His research interests lie in areas of industrial knowledge network, knowledge management system, and online business modeling. He has published numerous articles in, to name a few, Technovation, International Journal of Production Research, Decision Sciences, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, R&D Management, Technology in Society, and Technology Forecasting and Social Change.)
Seonwoo Kim (Doctoral candidate at SNU. He holds BS and MS in industrial engineering (both from SNU). Now completing his dissertation, he has published articles on design and implementation of knowledge management systems.)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 1 August 2005




The relationship between knowledge management (KM) and research and development (R&D) management is intrinsically close. However, little attention has been paid to the development and implementation of KM systems for R&D organizations. The main objective of this current research is, from the perspective of evolutionary ecology, to suggest a framework of system design to link KM and R&D management.


The chronological profile of R&D management systems over the past few decades is reviewed and the salient features of respective generations are identified. Then, the list of requirements for KM systems is suggested for each generation.


Finds that these requirements constitute crucial variables for the design of KM systems and, as a whole, provide the building‐blocks for integrating R&D management and KM.


The proposed architecture is considered as a starting‐point and serves as a milestone in implementing KMS in accordance with the R&D characteristics of a particular firm.



Park, Y. and Kim, S. (2005), "Linkage between knowledge management and R&D management", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 9 No. 4, pp. 34-44.



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