Title: In pursuit of the individual in the field of knowledge management

Authors: Isabel D.W. Rechberg; Jawad Syed

Addresses: Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK. ' Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, UK

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to explore the focus on individuals in the field of knowledge management (KM). Through a meta-review of the KM literature, we identify a relative disregard of the individual in the KM literature while information technology (IT) oriented concepts are widely represented. Our review indicates the need for a greater emphasis on individuals in KM as knowledge is based on individuals' ability and willingness to create, share and transfer knowledge. We offer suggestions on how to integrate individuals into theorising and enacting KM and also identify some avenues for future research.

Keywords: ICT; information technology; communications technology; individuals; knowledge management; KM; literature reviews; knowledge creation; knowledge sharing; knowledge transfer; learning behaviour; change contexts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLC.2012.045855

International Journal of Learning and Change, 2012 Vol.6 No.1/2, pp.33 - 48

Published online: 13 Mar 2012 *

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