Knowledge Management projects treated as business process-oriented organizational change projects

[Deutscher Titel: Wissensmanagement-Projekte als geschäftsprozessorientierte Veränderungsprojekte behandeln (Text übersetzen: Deutsch)]

Peter Baloha, Katharina Uthicke and Gyewan Moon
A business process-oriented method of KM solution design: A case study of Samsung Electronics
International Journal of Information Management, Article in Press, Available online 6 August 2008

Abstract: Improving how knowledge is leveraged in organizations for improved business performance is today considered as a major organizational change. Knowledge management (KM) projects are stigmatized as demanding, fuzzy and complex, with questionable outcomes—more than 70% of them do not deliver what they promised. A case of Samsung Electronics mobile branch we present shows how KM projects can be more successful if they are treated as business process-oriented organizational change projects. Both organizations and academia can stand on the shoulders of giants as previous experience and research in that area is rich. Adding the KM flavor to such organizational change is the goal of this case study; the learning outcomes include a six-step KM solution design method, a justification for the business process level of analysis and managerial action, and the need for modest and just-do-it approach when introducing KM-related organizational interventions.

Keywords: Knowledge management solution design; Organizational design; Business process change

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