Knowledge Assortment (Editorial)
By Dr. Vincent Ribière, Guest editor for the special ICICKM 2011 issue.
The Institute for Knowledge and Innovation Southeast Asia (IKI‑SEA)
It is my great pleasure to present to you this special issue of the electronic Journal of Knowledge Management (ejkm) dedicated to the 8th International Conference on Intellectual Capital, Knowledge Management & Organisational Learning (ICICKM 2011) that took place in Bangkok on the 27 and 28th of October 2011. Despite the threat of Bangkok getting flooded, 120 participants joined the conference organized by ACI and hosted by Bangkok University. Among the 100 papers presented we selected 8 of them based on the feedback provided by the conference track chairs and based on the originality of the papers.
I decided to name this editorial Knowledge Assortment, since it really reflects the variety of the papers selected for this issue in term of their KM/IC fields of application, of the type of KM initiative investigated and in term of the origins of the authors.
The first paper, titled “Knowledge Management Practices and Healthcare Delivery: A Contingency Framework” by Prantik Bordoloi, Nazrul Islam (Thailand), won the best conference PhD paper award. This is a conceptual paper that investigates the application and impact of knowledge management practices in healthcare delivery. A conceptual framework is presented and supported by a case study.
The second paper, titled “Exploring the Role of Boundary Spanning in Distributed Networks of Knowledge” by Eli Hustad and Aurilla Aurelie Bechina (Norway), focuses on one type of network structure, termed a Distributed Network of Knowledge (DNoK). This paper looks at how a DNoK can be cultivated and facilitated, thereby enabling members to share and create knowledge. This research is illustrated by a case study.
The third paper, titled “The Potential of Neuro‑Linguistic Programming in Human Capital Development” by Eric Kong (Australia), reviews the literature and theoretically argues that Neuro‑Linguistic Programming (NLP) has the potential to foster Human Capital in organizations. NLP suggests that subjective experience is encoded in terms of three main representation systems: visual, auditory, and Kinaesthetic and it primarily focuses on individual internal learning and that learning likely leads to the accumulation of HC in organizations.
The fourth paper, titled “How to Characterize Professional Gestures to Operate Tacit Know‑how Transfer?” by Sophie Le Bellu and Benoit Le Blanc (France), presents a very interesting and novel experiment that was conducted to capture professional gestures (the Kinaesthetic dimension presented in the previous paper). Their research investigates the use of digital video and activity elicitation to give a guideline and operational tools for the capture of knowledge embodied in professional gestures
The fifth paper, titled “A Study on the Influence of Intellectual Capital and Intellectual Capital Complementarity on Global Initiatives” by Ya‑Hui Ling (Taiwan), aims to test if IC has a positive impact on a firm’s global innovation and global marketing or not? 324 Taiwanese firms took part of this study and a model was tested.
The sixth paper, titled “A Knowledge Management System for Exchanging and Creating Knowledge in Organic Farming” by Vincent Soulignac, Jean‑Louis Ermine, Jean‑Luc Paris, Olivier Devise and Jean‑Pierre Chanet (France), presents the steps/methods and tools used to develop a KM system to help various types of Organic Farming users/stakeholders. Through the use of various KM tools/methods like MASK (Method for Analyzing and Structuring Knowledge) and the C‑K design theory (Concept – Knowledge (Innovation)) a solution was proposed to develop a KM system. This research is illustrated by a real case study.
The seventh paper, titled “Five grounded Principles for Developing Knowledge Management Systems” by Mark Woodman and Aboubakr Zade (UK), presents a grounded theory study (conducted over a 8‑year research enquiry) of the practice of developing knowledge management systems in organizations. The paper reprised the 5‑phase methodology for developing KMS, the phases being: Sense making the Problematic Situation, Envisioning an Improved Situation, Designing a KMS, Exploring IT Options for the KMS, and Managing the Evolutionary Potential of the KMS.
The last paper, titled “A Qualitative Analysis of Knowledge Transfer in Global Supply Chains: Case of Thai Distributer of Imported Products” by Lugkana Worasinchai (Thailand) and Farhad Daneshgar (Australia), presents a study attempting to develop insights into the nature of the (technical) knowledge involved in transferring knowledge between the donor and recipient firms though a case study (laboratory equipment).
This issue ends with a book review by Dan Remenyi on Tina Stavredes’ book “Effective Online Teaching. Foundations and Strategies for Student Success”
I hope you will enjoy reading this assortment of KM/IC research and I would like to thank Geoff Turner (Editor of ejkm) for giving me the opportunity to be the editor of this special issue.