The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management publishes original articles on topics relevant to studying, implementing, measuring and managing knowledge management and intellectual capital.

For general enquiries email
Click here to see other Scholarly Electronic Journals published by API
For a range of research text books on this and complimentary topics visit the Academic Bookshop

Information about the European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM) is available here.

For info on the International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management and Organisational Learning (ICICKM), click here
Information about the European Conference on Intangibles and Intellectual Capital (ECIIC) is available here

Journal Article

Applying a Knowledge Conversion Model to Cultural History: Folk Song From Oral Tradition to Digital Transformation  pp61-71

Simon Burnett, Caroline Macafee, Dorothy Williams

© Jun 2017 Volume 15 Issue 2, Editor: John Dumay, pp59 - 146

Look inside Download PDF (free)


The purpose of this research project was to test the applicability of the SECI model to a cultural domain within an ethnographic context: the transmission of Scots folk song. Drawing on the archive of the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University, the model was applied to five historical phases defined by changes in the use of media in song acquisition and transmission: oral tradition; externalization in print; dependence on literacy; audio media; and digitization. The findings show that the model offers a valuable analytical framework that can be widely applied in cultural as well as organizational contexts. In addition, the model may be used in a longitudinal analysis to describe non‑static relationships between knowledge processes and changing contexts of media and society over time. In addition, the SECI model also emphasises the critical roles played by the community (or communities) in the transmission process, and the physical and virtual spaces in which those transmissions occur.


Keywords: SECI model, digital transformation, folk song, knowledge conversion


Share |

Journal Issue

Volume 15 Issue 2 / Jul 2017  pp59‑146

Editor: John Dumay

View Contents Download PDF (free)



Keywords: SECI model, digital transformation, folk song, knowledge conversion, Knowledge Sharing, Cross-Functional, NPD Teams, New Product Development, Knowledge Management, Information and Communication Technology, Construction Industry, Competitiveness, Learning, dynamic system, local context, MNE subsidiary, knowledge sharing barriers, educational management, educational institutions’ administrative processes, Classification Theory, Metadata, Statistics, Taxonomy


Share |