Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in an R&D Environment: A Case Study

Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in an R&D Environment: A Case Study

Will Barrett (University of Leeds, UK), M. S. Lydia Lau (University of Leeds, UK) and Peter M. Dew (University of Leeds, UK)
Copyright: © 2000 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-878289-82-7.ch008
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Abstract

Managing knowledge is not a new idea. Although the term “knowledge management” is a recent introduction into the corporate lexicon, the concept is by no means exclusive to the 1990s. The underlying concepts of knowledge management, such as collaboration, exchange of ideas, communication, and so on, have always been present in organisations. Spontaneous, unrestricted knowledge transfer is vital to business success and the transfer of knowledge occurs within organisations whether the process is managed or not. In large, decentralised organisations, knowledge is constrained by organisational, cultural and physical barriers. In such cases, the transfer of knowledge is localised and fragmentary as mechanisms for accessing distant knowledge resources are poor or nonexistent. A traditional solution is the corporate librarian or other broker, who presides over a repository of knowledge and is aware of expertise across the organisation. However, this role may be unable to meet the modern demands of knowledge management, or be obsolete if the management of knowledge is to become part of every employee’s job.

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Preface
David Schwartz
Chapter 1
David G. Schwartz, Monica Divitini, Terje Brasethvik
Knowledge management in general, and Internet-based knowledge management in particular, is one of the foremost strategic directions being... Sample PDF
On Knowledge Management in the Internet Age
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Chapter 2
Bidjan Tschaitschian, Andreas Abecker, Joachim Hackstein, Jamel Zakaoui
Knowledge assets and the learning capacity of an organization are the main sources of competitive advantage (Argyris & Schon, 1978; Prahalad &... Sample PDF
Internet Enabled Corporate Knowledge Sharing and Utilization
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Chapter 3
Seng-cho T. Chou, Edward T. Chow
Knowledge management is concerned with the effective management of enterprise knowledge, the knowledge that an organization lives by and is built... Sample PDF
Essential Factors in Knowledge Management with COTS Products
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Chapter 4
Guy Saward
It is a truism that customer service is the key to business success. It is particularly true given competition and new business practices lead... Sample PDF
The Challenge for Customer Service: Managing Heterogeneous Sources
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Chapter 5
Xiaoying Gao, Leon Sterling
The World Wide Web is known as the “universe of network-accessible information, the embodiment of human knowledge” (W3C, 1999). Internet-based... Sample PDF
Semi-Structured Data Extraction from Heterogenous Sources
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Chapter 6
Simon Polovina, Vito Veneziano
Any business organisation has always needed mechanisms to control its affairs, particularly how it optimises the economic resources at its disposal... Sample PDF
Adding Knowledge to Accounting Systems for Virtual Enterprises
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Chapter 7
Angi Voss, Keiichi Nakata, Marcus Juhnke
In today’s electronic environments, knowledge is often captured through collections of documents in email or news archives, bookmark lists, document... Sample PDF
Concept Indexes: Sharing Knowledge from Documents
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Chapter 8
Will Barrett, M. S. Lydia Lau, Peter M. Dew
Managing knowledge is not a new idea. Although the term “knowledge management” is a recent introduction into the corporate lexicon, the concept is... Sample PDF
Facilitating Knowledge Transfer in an R&D Environment: A Case Study
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Chapter 9
Peter H. Carstensen, Ulrika Snis
It is widely acknowledged that knowledge is one of the most important assets of today’s organizations. According to Davenport and Prusak (1998)... Sample PDF
On Knowledge Management: A Field Study
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Chapter 10
Judy McKay, Peter Marshall
Contemporary business environments and trends for the future suggest that successful organizations of the future must not only be efficient... Sample PDF
The Challenges of Interorganizational Management: An Emerging Issue in the Virtual Organization
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Chapter 11
Janice M. Burn, Colin Ash
When is a virtual organisation really virtual? One definition would suggest that organisations are virtual when producing work deliverables across... Sample PDF
Managing Knowledge in an ERP Enabled Virtual Organization
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Chapter 12
Murray E. Jennex
The Year 2000 (Y2K), or millennium bug as it has been called in the popular press, has caused many organizations to form Y2K project teams tasked... Sample PDF
Using an Intranet to Manage Knowledge for a Virtual Project Team
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