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Journal Issue
Volume 4 Issue 2, ICICKM 2005 / Mar 2006  pp91‑216

Editor: Charles Despres

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Generation of Human and Structural Capital: Lessons from Knowledge Management  pp91‑98

Henrik Agndal, Ulf Nilsson

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Knowledge Sharing in a Community of Practice: a Text‑Based Approach in Emergent Domains  pp99‑108

Rafif Al-Sayed, Khurshid Ahmad

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Knowledge Sharing Practices: Analysis of a Global Scandinavian Consulting Company  pp109‑116

Aurelie Arntzen Bechina, Thommy Bommen

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The Effect of Knowledge Management Context on Knowledge Management Practices: an Empirical Investigation  pp117‑128

Brian Detlor, Umar Ruhi, Ofir Turel, Pierrette Bergeron, Chun Wei Choo, Lorna Heaton, Scott Paquette

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Critical Knowledge Map as a Decision Tool for Knowledge Transfer Actions  pp129‑140

Jean-Louis Ermine, Imed Boughzala, Thierno Tounkara

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Knowledge Management Methodologies  pp141‑152

Hilary Kane, Gillian Ragsdell, Charles Oppenheim

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Abstract

Knowledge management (KM) research and practice embraces a wide range of activities and interests. The KM domain covers, on the one hand, technological interventions that aim to support knowledge dissemination and, on the other hand, to appreciation of social approaches that bring people together to share their experiences. The former represents an earlier bias in the field while the latter is more indicative of the current emphasis. Such a shift in emphasis has called for a shift in the way that the research and practice is undertaken; this paper focuses on research activities and asserts the appropriateness of a particular methodology for todays knowledge management research. This paper will firstly consider the range of research methodologies that have been employed in knowledge management research. It will move on to consider the use of one particular research methodology, ethnography, as a framework for understanding the more personal elements of knowledge. It is contended that use of ethnography, which emphasises observation within a compact cultural setting, offers a potentially ideal method of undertaking research in knowledge management because it concentrates on a community and in the provision of descriptions of how members of the community interact with each other. Utilisation of ethnography as a research method sits comfortably with theories of knowledge, which acknowledge the tacit element of knowledge and its experiential embeddedness; ethnography is therefore put forward as a meaningful methodology for contemporary knowledge management research. 

 

Keywords: Ethnography, research methodologies, tacit knowledge

 

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Effects of Knowledge Representation on Knowledge Acquisition and Problem Solving  pp153‑158

Mohamed Khalifa, Kathy Ning Shen

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The New Business Models in the Knowledge Economy: the Strategic Way to Value Creation  pp159‑168

Ilídio Lopes, Maria do Rosário Martins

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Introducing a Toolbox for IC Measurement in the Iran Insurance Industry  pp169‑180

Adel Moslehi, Ali Mohaghar, Kambiz Badie, Caro Lucas

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The Effects on Knowledge Creation and Transfer in Production Process Verification due to Virtual Prototypes  pp181‑188

Dan Paulin

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MaKE First Steps: a Collaborative Approach to Defining Knowledge in Organisations  pp189‑206

Peter Sharp

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Balancing the Flows: Managing the Intellectual Capital Flows in Inter‑Organisational Projects  pp207‑216

Maria Solitander

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