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A paradigm shift in the Arab region knowledge evolution

Mirghani S. Mohamed (Assistant Professor at the New York Institute of Technology, Manama, Bahrain)
Kevin J. O'Sullivan (Associate Professor of Management at the New York Institute of Technology, New York, New York, USA)
Vincent Ribière (Assistant Professor at the Institute for Knowledge and Innovation, Bangkok University, Bangkok, Thailand)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 12 September 2008



The paper seeks to pinpoint new directions of the evolution of knowledge in the Arab region, and to outline the role of knowledge management principles in constructing the knowledge society.


The article addresses initiatives towards narrowing the knowledge gap and building an egalitarian knowledge society in the Arab region. It reviews, interprets and relates the relevant literature and sheds the light on the Arab region's future plans.


The article outlines some of the regionally relevant elements needed for building the knowledge society. It also suggests some means of tapping the diversified workforce's tacit knowledge, reversing the “brain drain,” and building potential leadership models.


This article represents an overview and interpretation of the role of knowledge management as it relates to the effectiveness of concepts such as “knowmadism” and the practicality of “megatribe knowledge.” The article provides rendition and a roadmap for decision makers, knowledge workers, and future researchers in the domain of the “knowledge society” within the Arab region.



Mohamed, M.S., O'Sullivan, K.J. and Ribière, V. (2008), "A paradigm shift in the Arab region knowledge evolution", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 12 No. 5, pp. 107-120.



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