The Knowledge Revolution - A Literature Review


  1. Waruszynski, B.T.
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Defence Research and Development Canada, Ottawa Ont (CAN)
In the understanding the area of knowledge management, a literature review was conducted to determine if knowledge management is based on real business management practices or on the latest colloquialism in the new global knowledge economy. This paper explores the role of the knowledge infrastructure and outlines various definitions of knowledge management, taking into perspective: Can knowledge really be managed? Four theoretical perspectives of knowledge management strategies are put forward, including: the knowledge workers, organizational knowledge, technology as an enabler in leveraging knowledge and the knowledge-based economy. Several key theorists lay the groundwork for understanding the divergent knowledge strategies being employed by organizations. A discussion on the application of knowledge management strategies in relation to communities practice is also put forward. Benefits and barriers to knowledge management are examined in reference to the development and implementation of knowledge management strategies and organizational frameworks. The literature review reveals that knowledge management is alive and well, and is being implemented within many organizations as an effective strategy in improving corporate business practices. The development of knowledge communities or communities of practice continues to be regarded as an effective method in bringing together individuals or groups for the purpose of capturing and exchanging ideas through creative and collabo

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Knowledge;Knowledge Management;Knowledge Revolution;Knowledge Innovation;Collaboration;Practice;Knowledge-based Economy
Report Number
DRDC-HQ-TR-2000-002 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2000
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