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Leading Issues in Knowledge Management pable (less euphoria, more deliberation, results-oriented). Changes in the quality of academic publications are similarly unmistakable (more depth, more co-authors, fewer gurus, improved methodologies). I am encouraged that the field is increasingly conscious of itself – a sign of impending wisdom – as evidenced by internal debates (e.g., Zhu, 2006; Swan, 2004), the appearance of Sientometrics (e.g., Serenko, Bontis & Grant, 2009), cocitation analyses (e.g., Subramani, M., Nerur, S.P., and Mahapatra 2002) and critical reviews of its academic journals (e.g., Serenko & Bontis, 2009). These developments point naturally toward the selections for this book. My intent was to feature works that are on the cutting edge of the field, that deepen the thinking in KM, and that do so in a scholarly, critical sort of way. As an example of how this plays out: the impact, the import, the foundational nature of context in any discussion of knowledge has been cruelly lacking in this field – and three papers in the book are devoted to the subject. This is not to say that works discussing situated action, Structuration or enactment are elsewhere absent; it simply reflects my considered opinion that their impact on the field’s overall research agenda is faint, and lacking. And so it is with the other selections – each an important statement in its own right, each hopefully a contribution to the ongoing maturation of Knowledge Management. Charles Despres Research Professor SKEMA Business School Sophia Antipolis, France March 2011

References Abrahamson, E. and Fairchild, G. “Management Fashion: Lifecycles, Triggers, and Collective Learning Processes”. Administrative Science Quarterly. 1999, 44(4): 708-740. Alvesson, M. and Karreman, D. “Odd Couple: Making Sense of the Curious Concept of Knowledge Management”. Journal of Management Studies, 2001. 38(7): 995-1018. Davenport, E. “Mundane Knowledge Management and Microlevel Organizational Learning: An Ethological Approach”. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 2002, 53(12): 1038– 1046.

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