Advances in knowledge management: Mapping ideas that shape practice

Andrea Hornett, Eric W. Stein

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This chapter adds to our understanding of knowledge management as an evolving body of concepts, relationships, strategies and practices. Using qualitative research methods, we examined activities of a community of practice for knowledge management professionals operating in a large metropolitan U.S. region. Accordingly, we produced an organizing framework that maps KM topics according to the tactical-strategic orientation of the KM issue and level of analysis (individual-group-enterprise). We constructed and populated the framework based on a content analysis of forty-four presentations made from 2001-2005, from survey data, from interviews conducted with key informants, and from data collected as participant-observers. The work provides insight into the decision-making processes of stakeholders with competing interests and adds to our understanding of collective sensemaking (Weick, 1995) in a community of practice. From the data, we generated a framework that can be used by practitioners to allocate resources for KM activities, technologies, and projects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKnowledge Management, Organizational Memory and Transfer Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationGlobal Approaches and Advancements
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781605661407
StatePublished - 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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