Concepts of Knowledge Creation, Collaboration, and Learning for the Canadian Military


  1. Lecocq, R.
  2. Ferland, Y.
  3. Gauvin, M.
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Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Within the context of the current revolution in military affairs (RMA), the military profession at all levels of command is subject to dramatic transformations to incorporate new technologies, ethics, collaborations, sharing and learning. Responding and adapting to these changes will help the Canadian Forces gain more acute and real-time situational awareness and respond to situations more effectively. To formulate sound strategies for these changes and articulate effective implementation plans, a better understanding of the Forces is needed. The aim of this research project is to grasp and formalize the comprehension and practice of three key concepts of knowledge management (KM) in the Forces; these concepts are knowledge creation, collaboration and learning. Data was collected through a series of semistructured research interviews with respondents on three hierarchical levels in the four environments (Army, Air Force, Navy, and Joint Force). An ontology-based approach is used to compare findings about the semantics of and interrelationships between the key concepts from respondents with those from the literature review. Results provide many valuable insights into the particular cultures, structures, tools and work organisation in the Canadian military. This exploratory research forms a basis for discussion with a view to supporting state-of-the-art strategies, initiatives and projects linked either directly to KM or indirectly via the key KM concepts mentioned above.

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DRDC-VALCARTIER-TR-2006-138 — Technical Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2007
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