Dilemmas in knowledge management as opportunity for reconsidering the field

[Deutscher Titel: Unstimmigkeiten im Wissensmanagement als Möglichkeit das Fachgebiet neu zu überdenken (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Title: Dilemmas in knowledge management
Author(s): Ana C. Vasconcelos
Journal: Library Management Year: 2008 Volume: 29 Issue: 4/5 Page: 422 – 443

Abstract: Purpose – This paper aims to discuss some of the debates that have surrounded knowledge management as a field since its inception in 1990s from the perspective of the dilemmas that they have raised regarding: the notion of knowledge management as a field in relationship to other cognate fields such as information management, and the implications introduced by different approaches and perspectives on managing knowledge.
Design/methodology/approach – Problems and dilemmas brought about by the contribution of the following perspectives and strands of literature on knowledge management are discussed: organisational behaviour perspectives; strategic management perspectives; and economic- and accountancy-based perspectives.
Findings – The explicit aim attributed to knowledge management by many authors of managing the transfer of tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge raises dilemmas that are re-enacted and reconstructed in the above key approaches to knowledge management.
Originality/value – Beyond focusing on the classical debate on the nature of knowledge and whether it can be managed, these dilemmas offer avenues for reconsidering both the conceptual apparatus and the practical organisational intervention methods inherent to this field; this implies adopting different views and professional practices over what we understand by management, strategy, measurement and evaluation.
Keywords: Information management, Intellectual capital, Knowledge management, Learning organizations
Article Type: Literature review

Article URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/10.1108/01435120810869165

© Emerald Group Publishing Limited