Title: Unlocking the development potential of knowledge: a methodological framework to support knowledge-based development

Authors: Eduardo Tome, Gaby Neumann

Addresses: Department of Economics, Lusiada University – Famalicao – Portugal, Largo Tinoco de Sousa, 4760 Vila Nova de Famalicao, Portugal. ' Faculty of Engineering/Industrial Engineering, Department of Logistics, Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau, Bahnhofstr., 15745 Wildau, Germany

Abstract: Knowledge is a key resource and crucial field of investment in today|s business organisations and the economy. Problems in strategically and effectively using this resource mainly consist of: how to specify, summarise, visualise the current state of knowledge; how to comfortably provide access to scattered and ill-structured information on the current state of knowledge; how to define, understand, visualise the impact of knowledge on organisational performance; how to assess and evaluate strategies and activities for purposefully intervening in organisations and economies by means of knowledge. To overcome this, the paper presents a methodological framework which basically consists of two sections. The first section enables to immediately benchmark a company|s knowledge management maturity according to specific input data and information, provide tailored feedback and suggest changes in the company|s strategy concerning knowledge-related activities. The second section consists of a |world atlas on knowledge| comprising worldwide data on the constituents of the knowledge market.

Keywords: knowledge management maturity; impact analysis; knowledge market; knowledge-driven change processes; benchmarking; clustering; knowledge-based development.

DOI: 10.1504/IJKBD.2010.035659

International Journal of Knowledge-Based Development, 2010 Vol.1 No.3, pp.204 - 221

Published online: 01 Oct 2010 *

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