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Introduction to Leading Issues in Knowledge Management Research: Knowledge Management, 2011

Comparatively few academics have the opportunity to be present at the founding of an academic field and then accompany it through a certain state of maturity. Yet this is probably the case for many of us who work in or around Knowledge Management. It is mine, coming of age as I did in 1995 just when KM was stepping onto the steeper slope of its management fashion wave. Infectious times for a young academic: it was “obvious” that the cognitive sciences, organization theory, symbolic action, enlightened HR, managerial psychology … were all on the cusp of knowledge-intensive organizations and socio-economic systems. Consulting houses were offering research contracts. The world’s first CKO was about to be named. Tom Stewart was pollinating the corporate mind, companies were buying, journals appearing and universities had KM doctoral programs on the drawing boards. There is sometimes an aura around periods like this that somehow projects order from underlying chaos, as characterizes an adolescent’s volition. Auras of this nature tend to dissolve. In an entertaining article that appeared at this time De Long & Seemann (2000, p. 43) wrote, “Knowledge management is an inherently complex and confusing concept.” A more clairvoyant statement is seldom penned. A year earlier I had published a study with my colleague Daniele Chauvel which, with an eye toward the Sociology of Knowledge, was titled Knowledge Management(s), the plural being designed to make a point (Despres & Chauvel, 1999). In this work we applied a (then) state-of-the-art semantic algorithm to a textbase of KM articles to understand what was being discussed, by whom, from which iii

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Leading Issues in Knowledge Management Research  

This is a 13 page extract from the book. Knowledge management is one of the most enduring concepts aimed at how to improve management effici...

Leading Issues in Knowledge Management Research  

This is a 13 page extract from the book. Knowledge management is one of the most enduring concepts aimed at how to improve management effici...