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Knowledge management ecological approach: a cross-discipline case study

Lee Cheng (Department of Cultural and Creative Arts, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Samuel Leong (The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

Journal of Knowledge Management

ISSN: 1367-3270

Publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The growing needs of interdisciplinary research have been hindered by implementation difficulties because of factors such as the availability and distribution of related knowledge. Knowledge management could be a viable solution to address the problems of interdisciplinary research and further its synergic effect by optimizing the use of knowledge across different disciplines. A knowledge management ecological (KME) approach that facilitates the study of knowledge management in discourses between different disciplines was proposed and applied in a case study within an interdisciplinary environment comprising three disciplines: software development, software business and music education.

Design/methodology/approach

Semi-structured interviews were conducted with three groups of key informants to examine the knowledge management processes within the environment.

Findings

The findings reveal the details of knowledge management activities in each of the three disciplines, but the lack of collaboration between them limits the opportunity for a synergistic effect to benefit the cross-discipline environment.

Originality/value

This study shows how the KME approach can be used to deepen the interdisciplinary understanding of knowledge management within and between different disciplines.

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Citation

Cheng, L. and Leong, S. (2017), "Knowledge management ecological approach: a cross-discipline case study", Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 21 No. 4, pp. 839-856. https://doi.org/10.1108/JKM-11-2016-0492

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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