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Knowledge Management: Theory in Practice

by Peter Massingham SAGE Publications Ltd
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Pbk 528 pages
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An overview of what knowledge management is, the theoretical basis behind it, and practical insights into how it can be implemented effectively in a professional setting.


Starting with a discussion of how knowledge management has evolved, how it adds value for organisations, and how it's success can be measured. The book then covers best practice and the key activities associated with doing knowledge management, including knowledge strategy, managing knowledge loss and knowledge sharing. Finishing with a discussion of knowledge management’s role in international business and what future developments are expected in the field.


Practical insights are drawn from around the world, with case studies such as how NASA forgot how to send a man to the Moon, Acer: The smiling Asian tiger, and why Saudi Arabia’s experts do not learn from overseas experts.


The book is supported by online resources for lecturers and students, including PowerPoint slides, an instructor’s manual, access to SAGE journal articles, and scorecards for measuring usefulness of knowledge management tools.


Suitable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate business and management students on knowledge management & organizational learning modules.


Part I: Managing Knowledge
Chapter 1. Knowledge
Chapter 2. Knowledge Management
Chapter 3. Measuring the Performance of Knowledge Management
Chapter 4. The Value of Knowledge
Part II: Knowledge Management in Practice
Chapter 5. Knowledge Strategy
Chapter 6. Measuring and Managing Knowledge Loss
Chapter 7. Using Knowledge
Chapter 8. Organizational Learning and the Learning Organization
Chapter 9. Knowledge Sharing
Part 3: Knowledge Management Perspectives
Chapter 10. Productivity
Chapter 11. Organizational Systems
Chapter 12. International Business Management
Chapter 13. What Next for Knowledge Management


Dr. Massingham has provided a thoughtful and thorough treatment of the heterogeneous, complex and cross-disciplinary literature related with the discipline of Knowledge Management. His work provides a clear yet comprehensive account of the key aspects of this emerging field of management science. The book provides a succinct overview of both Knowledge Management theory and practice, and is equally useful for scholars, students, and professionals. 


Dr Peter Massingham is an internationally recognised expert on knowledge management. He has published widely in leading journals and has won a number of awards for his writing. He has been awarded multiple competitive research grants, including from the Australian Research Council.  Most recently he has completed major research projects with the Australian Department of Defence (2008-2013); Saudi Arabia research institutes; sharing retirees' knowledge; and is currently working with a SSNFPO, a major consultancy firm, a global financial services firm, and the Australian Department of Defence on a range of new projects. His PhD is in management, and he works as an academic in a Faculty of Business. He teaches in the areas of strategic management, international business management, change management, and knowledge management. He was the Director of the Centre for Knowledge Management from 2002-2014. He is a member of the Australian Government Consultative Committee on Knowledge Capital. Before academia in 1998, he was a management consultant, most recently with KPMG.