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A Critical Review of Knowledge Management Models

McAdam, Rodney and Moffett, Sandra (1999) A Critical Review of Knowledge Management Models. The Learning Organization, 6 (3). pp. 91-101. [Journal article]

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URL: http://leeds2.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/09696479910270416

DOI: 10.1108/09696479910270416


There is an increasing interest in the area of knowledge management (KM) within organisations and academia. Because of the emergent nature of the field there is a lack of classification of suitable knowledge management models to use in conducting further research, literature evaluation and organisational applications. This paper discusses the definitions and classifications of knowledge management, representing a wide spectrum of views from mechanistic to more socially orientated. An evaluative framework is established from which three knowledge management models can be critically discussed. Three KM model classifications are critiqued, namely knowledge category models, intellectual capital models and socially constructed models. Finally a modified KM model is tentatively suggested to act as a useful guide for further research and organisational application. This model takes a holistic approach to scientific and socially constructed knowledge, assuming the need for both emancipatory and business benefits from KM. The model represents KM as a highly recursive process, rather than sequential.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Knowledge Management, Models, Organization Development
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Ulster Business School > Department of Management and Leadership
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Ulster Business School
Research Institutes and Groups:Business and Management Research Institute
ID Code:9629
Deposited By: Dr Sandra Moffett
Deposited On:25 Jan 2010 10:06
Last Modified:08 Oct 2012 11:26

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