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Personal knowledge management: The role of Web 2.0 tools for managing knowledge at individual and organisational levels

Liana Razmerita (Department of International Language Studies and Computational Linguistics, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark)
Kathrin Kirchner (Department of Business Information Systems, Friedrich‐Schiller‐University, Jena, Germany)
Frantisek Sudzina (Centre of Applied Information and Communication Technology, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark)

Online Information Review

ISSN: 1468-4527

Article publication date: 27 November 2009




The purpose of this paper is to discuss new approaches for managing personal knowledge in the Web 2.0 era. The paper questions whether Web 2.0 technologies (social software) are a real panacea for the challenges associated with the management of knowledge. Can Web 2.0 reconcile the conflicting interests of managing organisational knowledge with personal objectives? Does Web 2.0 enable a more effective way of sharing and managing knowledge at the personal level?


Theoretically deductive with illustrative examples.


Web 2.0 plays a multifaceted role for communicating, collaborating, sharing and managing knowledge. Web 2.0 enables a new model of personal knowledge management (PKM) that includes formal and informal communication, collaboration and social networking tools. This new PKM model facilitates interaction, collaboration and knowledge exchanges on the web and in organisations.

Practical implications

Based on these findings, professionals and scholars will gain a better understanding of the potential role of Web 2.0 technologies for harnessing and managing personal knowledge. The paper provides concrete examples of how Web 2.0 tools are currently used in organisations.


As Web 2.0 has become integrated in our day‐to‐day activities, there is a need to further understand the relationship between Web 2.0 and PKM.



Razmerita, L., Kirchner, K. and Sudzina, F. (2009), "Personal knowledge management: The role of Web 2.0 tools for managing knowledge at individual and organisational levels", Online Information Review, Vol. 33 No. 6, pp. 1021-1039.



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