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Knowledge management in the energy sector: review and future directions

John S. Edwards (Operations and Information Management Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, UK)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Article publication date: 27 June 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the state of knowledge management (KM) in the energy sector and more broadly, and consider future directions for research and practice.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper reviews the literature on KM and the practice of KM as relevant to the energy sector.

Findings

There are many examples of good practice in KM in the sector, and some organisations, especially in the oil industry, are seen as leaders in KM practice. However, other organisations have yet to embark on explicit KM initiatives or projects at all. In addition, some parts of the energy sector discuss KM without any reference to the more general KM literature.

Originality/value

Although some parts of the energy sector have justifiably earned a good reputation for KM, other parts are completely unaware of the field, as is apparent from the literature. This review helps to raise awareness and guide future work.

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Citation

Edwards, J.S. (2008), "Knowledge management in the energy sector: review and future directions", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 2 No. 2, pp. 197-217. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506220810883216

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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