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Journal Issue
Volume 5 Issue 4 / Dec 2007  pp347‑550

Editor: Charles Despres

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Knowledge Work Practices in Global Software Development  pp347‑356

Gabriela Avram

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Intellectual Capital and Organizational Performance: an Empirical Study of the Pharmaceutical Industry  pp357‑362

Alka Bramhandkar, Scott Erickson, Ian Applebee

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From Individual Learning to Organizational Learning  pp363‑372

Delio Ignacio Castaneda, Manuel Fernández Rios

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Tacit Knowledge Elicitation and Measurement in Research Organisations: a Methodological Approach  pp373‑386

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Amit Mitra

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Competence Matters More than Knowledge  pp387‑398

A G Hessami, M Moore

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Managing Structural Diversity: the Case of Boundary Spanning Networks  pp399‑410

Eli Hustad

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Folksonomies, Collaborative Filtering and e‑Business: is Enterprise 2.0 One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?  pp411‑418

Kevin Johnston

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A Model of Antecedents of Knowledge Sharing  pp419‑426

Radwan Alyan Kharabsheh

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A Consistent Assessment of Intellectual Capital in SMEs InCaS: Intellectual Capital Statement — Made in Europe  pp427‑436

Kai Mertins, Markus Will

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How to Ensure the Quality and Reliability of Intellectual Capital Statements?  pp437‑448

Kai Mertins, Wen-Huan Wang, Markus Will

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Knowledge and Life Cycle of an Organization  pp449‑452

Zygmunt Mietlewski, Ryszard Walkowiak

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Building a Taxonomy for Understanding Knowledge Management  pp453‑466

Kun Nie, Tieju Ma, Yoshiteru Nakamori

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Knowledge Management: Turning Intangible Assets into Feasibility in the Automotive Sector  pp467‑476

Lourdes Sáiz, Ana Maria Lara, Roberto Alcalde

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Knowledge Management for Virtual Reality Applications in a Home Rehabilitation Virtual Network  pp477‑486

Emil Scarlat, Virginia Maracine, Adriana Nica

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MaKE First Steps — How a Definition of Knowledge Can Help your Organisation  pp487‑496

Peter Sharp

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Abstract

Suitable definitions of knowledge for particular organisational contexts are valuable for knowledge management (KM). This paper explains why it is valuable, how it can be done and discusses valuable results that have been created by doing it. The why is explained in a brief discussion of relevant literature. The how is described through the use of MaKE First Steps (2006a). This paper summarises the process and this constitutes the methodology of the paper. The paper then describes three diverse organisational contexts in which it has been applied: a UK Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) company; a group of international postgraduate business students; and a large Chinese bank. The outputs of this work (definitions of knowledge for these organisational contexts) are presented and discussed in detail. There are significant patterns that can be discerned which give some clear suggestions about what knowledge is valuable for organisations and should be the focus of managers investment and time. This research gives us an insight into what organisations should focus on in terms of investment of energy, time and resources. Broadly, without being too proscriptive, they should focus on the skills and learning of the personnel that make the organisation they work for, special. 

 

Keywords: knowledge definition, collaborative process, organizational context, skills

 

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Knowledge Maps and Mathematical Modelling  pp497‑504

Tomas Subrt, Helena Brozova

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Exploration of Knowledge Sharing Challenges in Value Networks: a Case Study in the Finnish Grocery Industry  pp505‑514

Hanna Timonen, Jari Ylitalo

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Does Intellectual Capital Management 'Make a Difference'? A Critical Case Study Application of Structuration Theory  pp515‑526

John A. Tull, John C. Dumay

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Integrating Individual and Organisational Learning Initiatives: Working Across Knowledge Management and Human Resource Management Functional Boundaries  pp527‑538

Christine van Winkelen, Jane McKenzie

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Intangible Assets: Importance in the Knowledge‑Based Economy and the Role in Value Creation of a Company  pp539‑550

Dmitry Volkov, Tatiana Garanina

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