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Knowledge flow‐based business process redesign: applying a knowledge map to redesign a business process

Keedong Yoo (Full‐time Instructor in the Division of Management Information Systems, School of Economics and Commerce, Dankook University, Seoul, South Korea)
Euiho Suh (Professor, Department of Industrial and Management Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea)
Kyoung‐Yun Kim (Professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 5 June 2007




The aim of this paper is to suggest a method to redesign business processes from the viewpoint of knowledge flows using a knowledge map.


Knowledge flows and business processes cannot be separated because knowledge is inputted and outputted through business processes. Knowledge flows inherit the feature and appearance of corresponding business processes; therefore, one can identify problems within business processes by analyzing corresponding knowledge flows. The methodology is composed of the following sections: knowledge mapping, knowledge profiling, knowledge flow identification, knowledge flow optimization and TO‐BE process visualization.


This paper provides a methodology for knowledge flow‐based business process redesign and ten guidelines for knowledge flow optimization. The case study demonstrates that the proposed ideas constitute knowledge‐intensified business processes.

Research limitations/implications

A more formal validation method that is based on the statistical analysis must be provided to assert the proposed guidelines for knowledge flow optimization as the truly optimized ones.

Practical implications

This paper's idea provides the practical methodology and guidelines that can be directly applicable to performing business process redesign by introducing a real case.


This paper's ideas not only provide present companies with a practical way to enhance their business process to be more knowledge‐focused, but also promote the current economy to be more knowledge‐intensive.



Yoo, K., Suh, E. and Kim, K. (2007), "Knowledge flow‐based business process redesign: applying a knowledge map to redesign a business process", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 104-125.



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