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|Title: ||Goal-orientated knowledge management|
|Authors: ||Balafas, Panagiotis (Peter) John|
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||© Panagiotis (Peter) John Balafas|
|Abstract: ||Knowledge Management (KM) is a mystifying and multidimensional concept.
Although recognised as a discipline since the mid 1990's, KM continues to
produce controversial debate amongst academics and practitioners from a
variety of backgrounds. The competing schools of thought in the KM field
stimulate fragmentation, which has led to the development of a wide variety
of KM strategies and approaches.
The literature review reveals that the majority of organisations consider KM
to be strategically important, yet at the same time the majority of KM
initiatives fail. One of the most fundamental reasons for the high failure rate
in KM initiatives seems to be a distinct lack of focus and direction. There
isn't enough attention paid to the specific objectives that each organisation
is trying to deliver with the support of KM. It is often assumed, mistakenly,
that managing knowledge simply pays off in the long term.
These observations provide strong indication of the need for goal-oriented
thinking in KM. This notion is reinforced by lessons learnt from a pilot KM
initiative that follows conventional KM thinking and, ultimately, fails. In
response, the Goal-Oriented Knowledge Management (GOKM)
methodology is proposed, which focuses on organisational goals and
combines various KM approaches according to context and objectives.
GOKM is applied, evaluated and refined via three case studies at the
Danwood Group, HSBC Bank and HBOS Bank. An overall evaluation of
GOKM is presented, based on five key criteria (bottom-line results, added
value, flexibility, usability and durability). In addition, the impact of GOKM in
each participating organisation is measured against specific criteria that are
set by senior management.
The research has shown that GOKM has significant potential to be
applicable in a wider context and this thesis makes a sizable contribution to
the development of goal-oriented KM theory.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Information Science)|
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