Knowledge is power. Since the emergence of knowledge management in the early 1990s, it has become the key competitive resource for firms and nations in an increasingly competitive global economic environment. This affordable and accessible introduction to knowledge management offers a critical look at the history, nature and future of the field, providing essential reading for those questioning contemporary management practices. Written in a lively, conversational style, the nature of knowledge, including its definition and measurement is considered, as well as ignorance, forgetting and unlearning, before the main concepts and theoretical contributions to knowledge management are reviewed and challenged, providing fresh insights into the central debates. The ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About‘ series shies away from the sterility of conventional textbooks, offering you an informal and accessible overview of the field that questions and challenges the traditional literature.

Conclusion: Looking Forward

Conclusion: Looking Forward

Forerun thy peers, thy time, and let

Thy feet, millenniums hence, be set

In midst of knowledge, dream’d not yet.

Lord Alfred Tennyson

In this very short introductory book I have sought to reflect the mainstream understandings of knowledge management. Of course, this has been done at the expense of interpretations that are currently more peripheral. Importantly, then, this text cannot be taken as a fully comprehensive account of knowledge management; rather its focus is on the dominant themes present in the academic and practitioner literature. Consequently, this book is written largely from a western perspective on knowledge management. While eastern concepts, such as ba, have been touched upon, this is merely a reflection of the most prominent eastern influences on the mainstream ...

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