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KM governance: the mechanisms for guiding and controlling KM programs

Andreas Schroeder (Senior Lecturer at the Business School, University of Buckingham, Buckingham, UK)
David Pauleen (Associate Professor at the School of Management, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand)
Sid Huff (School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Article publication date: 17 February 2012




To establish and sustain their KM programs organisations need to establish mechanisms to ensure their governance. KM programs require business integration, senior management involvement and decision making authority. The present research aims to investigate the KM governance mechanisms organisations use to guide and control their KM programs. The research seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the governance of KM and to support organisations in the development of their KM programs.


The study employs multiple case research methodology to analyse the KM governance arrangements of 12 international organisations and identify patterns in their governance configurations.


The analysis identifies a range of structural, process and relational mechanisms that are critical for governing an organisational KM program. Different patterns among the KM governance mechanisms are identified which lead to the development of generic KM governance typologies.

Research limitations/implications

The development of the KM governance framework allows future research to systematically investigate the KM governance phenomenon. As the present study is based on a configurational analysis, future research should particularly target the performance implications of different KM governance configurations.

Practical implications

The research provides insights into the diversity of KM governance mechanisms and their impact on a KM program. The KM governance framework can assist managers in reviewing their present and prospective KM programs and thereby support benchmarking or re‐organisation efforts.


Building on prior research that has focused on individual KM governance aspects, the present study adopts a comprehensive perspective integrating structural, process and relational governance mechanisms.



Schroeder, A., Pauleen, D. and Huff, S. (2012), "KM governance: the mechanisms for guiding and controlling KM programs", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 3-21.



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