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The twenty-first century can be characterized as the knowledge century. We have arrived at the point where information and knowledge have become the prime resources and inputs for producing national, organizational, and individual wealth. These resources know no boundaries, do not pollute the environment, can be increased ad infinitum, and are easily obtainable and transferable. They are used by governments to better serve the citizenry; employed by non-government agencies to tackle poverty; acquired by companies to achieve competitive advantage; and sought after by individuals to increase their own wealth and happiness.
VINE has dealt with information and knowledge from a content management/library science perspective. Our new thrust will be to expand this to the frontiers of information and knowledge management in the global arena. I recognize that I may be at cross-purposes with colleagues in other journals, but some duplication is inevitable, given the nature of the subject. As always, there are various ways and perspectives to view a situation.
We have recruited a world-class group of advisors and associate editors, who have volunteered their knowledge to guide us in this endeavor. I encourage you to contact them, or me, with your views and perspectives. Collaboration is a strong component of innovation and progress. With that in mind, we have adopted a construct that we label: Enterprise of the Future (EoF) (recognizing that the future is happening all around us now). This will become a network of international physical and cyberspace entities, where collaboration, demonstrations, research, and community takes place. It is a place where theory and practice are dissected and synthesized. Art Murray and Kent Greenes write about this, and it will be VINE’s centerpiece.
With any complex undertaking, I find it helpful to use a unifying framework for discussion and departure. There is always a risk when you have to settle on one, out of many possibilities. However, the choice had been made, and the framework we will start out with is termed “the four pillars”: leadership/management, organization, technology, and learning. I have used this framework in creating the Master’s and Doctorate curriculum and research initiatives in knowledge management (KM) at The George Washington University. It seems to have some staying power, based on numerous dissertations and other research. Frank Calabrese will provide more details on this in his portfolio article.
Speaking of portfolio articles, these will be used to provide focus on key subject areas that easily can be placed under one or several of “the four pillars”. These do not have the rigor of a peer-reviewed article, but will hopefully provoke discussion, and serve as an invitation to write substantive papers on the issues or topics raised by these portfolios. We also hope to expand the number of portfolios as we progress. For our first installment of portfolios, we have articles on critical topics by recognized experts: the learning organization, by Alex Bennet; organizational engineering management, by Frank Calabrese; legal issues for the knowledge economy, by Cynthia Gayton; knowledge valuation, by Annie Green; personal knowledge management, by Theresa Jefferson; and information/knowledge security, by Julie Ryan. We consider the issues and questions raised in these portfolios to be of prime importance for the knowledge economy. They will also be addressed and researched in the EoF. We again welcome your inputs and collaboration with our respective authors.
As an added feature, we also want to bring the wisdom of executive practitioners, who have dealt with, and excelled in, this knowledge economy. We are pleased and honored to feature Dan Holtshouse as our first in this series. Dan was the Director, Corporate Strategy, Knowledge Initiatives, at Xerox Corporation for many years. He is a highly respected observer and participant in the information/knowledge arena.
Our peer-reviewed articles should prove of interest to our readers. They are as follows:
Peyman Akhavan and Mostafa Jafari provide us insights on critical success factors for designing and implementing knowledge management systems at a national level;
Kostas Metaxiotis, Kostas Ergazakis, and John Psarras deal with knowledge-based-development policies and strategies, introducing the concept of knowledge cities;
John Psarras treats how one could educate and train in a knowledge-based economy by using human-computer interaction; and
Niall Sinclair, a recent author, using his past experiences in government, provides useful insights in how to successfully make KM happen in an organization.
Finally, Patrice Jackson has a book review for us, which adds to the rich body of knowledge and thought that KM has created.
I invite your information, knowledge, and wisdom in our new endeavor. My best wishes to you all.