Written by some of the leading international scholars in the field, this book presents the current state-of-the-art in knowledge management.

The book offers a strong response to the need for a body of scientific knowledge on the understanding, managing and measuring of knowledge in organizations and brings an international perspective to bear on the issues bridging theory and practice through case study illustrations from Europe, Japan and American companies.

Knowledge, Organizations and Competition

Knowledge, Organizations and Competition

Knowledge, organizations and competition
FrankBlackler, NormanCrump and SeonaidhMcDonald

Economic Changes and New Approaches to Management

The list of changes occurring in advanced economies is long. It includes the proliferation of centres of capital, the mutual interpenetration of regional economies, world-wide networks of communication based on advanced information and communication technologies, the emergence of ‘global cities’, trends towards a world-wide division of labour, a reduced role for governments in the redistribution of wealth, a weakening of trade unionism, and new approaches to management and organization.

A range of terms have been proposed to describe such trends, including ‘post-Fordism’ (Piore and Sabel, 1984), ‘disorganized capitalism’ (Lash and Urry, 1994), ‘the informational mode of development’ (Castells, 1989) and ‘late modernity’ (Giddens, 1990). While there are important differences in ...

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