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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 1 / Jan 2010  pp1‑180

Editor: Ettore Bolisani, Enrico Scarso

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

Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro

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

Ana Maria Ramalho Correia

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Organizing Customer Knowledge in Academic Libraries  pp21‑32

Farhad Daneshgar, Lyn Bosanquet

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

Pietro Evangelista

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

Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Robert Ayres

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

Remko Helms, Renato Ignacio, Sjaak Brinkkemper

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

Eli Hustad

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

Franz Lehner, Nicolas Haas

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

Liam Magee

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

Sandra Moffett, Anne Hinds

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

Gaby Neumann, Eduardo Tomé

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Evaluating a Living Model of Knowledge  pp129‑138

Paul Parboteeah, Thomas Jackson, Gillian Ragsdell

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Abstract

The definition of knowledge has always been a contentious issue in knowledge management. Effective knowledge management requires a definition of knowledge that is consistent, useful and true. Whilst most definitions today fulfil the first two criteria, none accurately address all three, including the true, biological nature of knowledge. This is where autopoiesis can help. Autopoiesis was developed to try to answer the question of what makes something living, using a scientific methodology. It proposes living things are discrete, self‑producing entities and constantly cognising entities. Autopoiesis has long inspired definitions of knowledge, with ideas such as: knowledge cannot be transferred, or knowledge can only be created by the potential 'knower'. Using the theory of autopoiesis, it is possible to create a biologically grounded model of knowledge, representing the latest thinking in neuroscience. However, before this new, biologically grounded model of knowledge can be integrated into new or existing knowledge management theories, it needs to be tested, else it falls into the trap of being conceptual, and remaining that way. This paper starts with the autopoietic, and therefore biologically, grounded model of knowledge, and develops the new evaluation framework necessary to test the model. The evaluation methodology developed in this research started from the field of programme evaluation and was adapted to meet the needs of the knowledge management discipline. This paper subsequently presents the initial findings from the evaluation process and takes the first steps to identifying how knowledge management can improve with its newly found scientific grounding. 

 

Keywords: autopoiesis, epistemology, evaluation, knowledge management, systems theory

 

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

Eduardo Rodriguez, John Edwards

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

Enrico Scarso, Ettore Bolisani

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Measuring the Effects of Knowledge Management Practices  pp161‑170

Geoff Turner, Clemente Minonne

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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

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