The Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management aims to publish perspectives on topics relevant to the study, implementation and management of knowledge management
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 Intellectual Capital (ECIC) is available here
To join the EJKM review committee click here
 
Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 1 / Jan 2010  pp1‑180

Editor: Ettore Bolisani, Enrico Scarso

Download PDF (free)

Linking Unlearning with Innovation through Organizational Memory and Technology  pp1‑10

Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Virtual Communities of Practice: Investigating Motivations and Constraints in the Processes of Knowledge Creation and Transfer  pp11‑20

Ana Maria Ramalho Correia

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Abstract

With accelerated market volatility, faster response times and increased globalization, business environments are going through a major transformation and firms have intensified their search for strategies which can give them competitive advantage. This requires that companies continuously innovate, to think of new ideas that can be transformed into products, processes or services, generating value for the firm. Innovative solutions and processes are usually developed by a group of people, working together. A grouping of people that share and create new knowledge can be considered as a Community of Practice (CoP). CoPs are places which provide a sound basis for organizational learning and encourage knowledge creation and acquisition. Virtual Communities of Practice (VCoPs) can perform a central role in promoting communication and collaboration between members who are dispersed in both time and space. Nevertheless, it is known that not all CoPs and VCoPs share the same levels of performance or produce the same results. This means that there are factors that enable or constrain the process of knowledge creation. With this in mind, we developed a case study in order to identify both the motivations and the constraints that members of an organization experience when taking part in the knowledge creating processes of VCoPs. Results show that organizational culture and professional and personal development play important roles in these processes. No interviewee mentioned direct financial reward as a motivation factor for participation in VCoPs. Most identified the difficulty in aligning objectives, established by the management, with justification of the time spent in the VCoP. The interviewees also said that technology is not a constraint. 

 

Keywords: CoP, knowledge creation, knowledge transfer, innovation

 

Share |
Organizing Customer Knowledge in Academic Libraries  pp21‑32

Farhad Daneshgar, Lyn Bosanquet

Look inside Download PDF (free)

The Adoption of Knowledge Management Systems in Small Firms  pp33‑42

Pietro Evangelista

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Wikifailure: the Limitations of Technology for Knowledge Sharing  pp43‑52

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Robert Ayres

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Limitations of Network Analysis for Studying Efficiency and Effectiveness of Knowledge Sharing  pp53‑68

Remko Helms, Renato Ignacio, Sjaak Brinkkemper

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Exploring Knowledge Work Practices and Evolution in Distributed Networks of Practice  pp69‑78

Eli Hustad

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Knowledge Management Success Factors — Proposal of an Empirical Research  pp79‑90

Franz Lehner, Nicolas Haas

Look inside Download PDF (free)

A Framework for Assessing Commensurability of Semantic Web Ontologies  pp91‑102

Liam Magee

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Assessing the Impact of KM on Organisational Practice: Applying the MeCTIP Model to UK Organisations  pp103‑118

Sandra Moffett, Anne Hinds

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Functional Concept for a Web‑Based Knowledge Impact and IC Reporting Portal  pp119‑128

Gaby Neumann, Eduardo Tomé

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Evaluating a Living Model of Knowledge  pp129‑138

Paul Parboteeah, Thomas Jackson, Gillian Ragsdell

Look inside Download PDF (free)

People, Technology, Processes and Risk Knowledge Sharing  pp139‑150

Eduardo Rodriguez, John Edwards

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Knowledge‑Based Strategies for Knowledge Intensive Business Services: a Multiple Case‑study of Computer Service Companies  pp151‑160

Enrico Scarso, Ettore Bolisani

Look inside Download PDF (free)

Measuring the Effects of Knowledge Management Practices  pp161‑170

Geoff Turner, Clemente Minonne

Look inside Download PDF (free)

The Role of Multinational Corporations (MNC's) in Developing R&D in Thailand: the Knowledge Flow Between MNC's and University  pp171‑180

Lugkana Worasinchai, Aurilla Aurelie Arntzen Bechina

Look inside Download PDF (free)