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An evolutionary and interpretive perspective to knowledge management

Chalee Vorakulpipat (Chalee Vorakulpipat and Yacine Rezgui are both at the University of Salford, Salford, UK.)
Yacine Rezgui (Chalee Vorakulpipat and Yacine Rezgui are both at the University of Salford, Salford, UK.)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 30 May 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of the paper is to provide a review of knowledge management (KM) literature by adapting and extending McElroy's KM generations model.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper draws from a range of KM research published in the academic and trade literature. An interpretive stance is adopted to provide a holistic understanding and interpretation of organizational KM research and related knowledge management systems (KMS) and models.

Findings

To be effective organizations need not only to negotiate their migration from a knowledge sharing (first generation) to a knowledge creation (second generation) culture, but also to create sustained organizational and societal values. The latter form the third generation KM and represent key challenges faced by modern organizations. A true value creation culture is nurtured through a blended approach that factors a number of perspectives to KM, including human networks, social capital, intellectual capital, technology assets, and change processes.

Research limitations/implications

The interpretive approach adopted throughout the review is limited to, and focused on, understanding the implementation and organizational implications of KM initiatives and technology.

Originality/value

While value creation focuses on the organizational and societal impact of knowledge management, the paper describes how human networks, social capital, intellectual capital, technology assets, and change processes emerge as essential conditions to enable knowledge value creation.

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Citation

Vorakulpipat, C. and Rezgui, Y. (2008), "An evolutionary and interpretive perspective to knowledge management", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 17-34. https://doi.org/10.1108/13673270810875831

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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