Title: Communications and information processing as a critical success factor in the effective knowledge organisation

Authors: William R. King

Addresses: Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Abstract: A conceptual framework and an architecture for an Effective Knowledge Organisation (EKO) is developed that emphasises the important role of Communications and Information Processing (CIP) in enabling the EKO and in facilitating the creation of a dynamic knowledge capability. The architecture links ||core|| knowledge management, intellectual property management, individual learning, organisational learning and innovation modules with CIP as the linchpin. The organisation|s need to distinguish among these components of an EKO is argued by comparing and contrasting the different conceptual bases, objectives, processes, systems, performance measures and culture of each module. This viewpoint integrates many concepts and applications from various literatures, but it is somewhat contrary to the conventional wisdom which has tended to de-emphasise the significance of communications and information technology in knowledge management. Instead, according to this view, CIP is a critical success factor for the EKO.

Keywords: critical success factors; knowledge management; communications; information processing; effective knowledge organisation; EKO; organisational learning; individual learning; innovation; intellectual property management; business information systems.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIS.2005.007399

International Journal of Business Information Systems, 2005 Vol.1 No.1/2, pp.31 - 52

Published online: 18 Jul 2005 *

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