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Charles Despres edge management (whatever it is) also shows signs of being offered as a Utopian ideal and the results are likely to be similar.” Despite this and the underlying conceptual confusions (that were increasingly discussed by authors), KM was clearly surfing the fashion wave at the turn of the Century as indicated by Wilson’s own (2002) search for “Knowledge Management” in article titles listed in the ISI Web of Science from 1981 to 2002 (Figure 2):

Figure 2: Numbers of articles with “Knowledge Management” in their title as listed by the ISI Web of Science, 1981-2002 (from Wilson, 2002) It is my view that the fashion wave crested around 2003-4 and things took on a different hue - still progressive in the main but less euphoric and dampened by the realization that a general theory of knowledge and its management was not just elusive, but absurd. As an example Alvesson & Karreman (2001) published the alluring title, Odd Couple: Making Sense of the Curious Concept of Knowledge Management, which (along with others) injected a critical perspective, reminded us of previous works and suggested, “… caution is called for against the risk of recycling old ideas v

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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...