The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Knowledge Management: A Classification of Knowledge Management Systems

The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Knowledge Management: A Classification of Knowledge Management Systems

Irma Becerra-Fernandez (Florida International University, USA) and Rajiv Sabherwal (University of Missouri at St. Louis, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch002
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Abstract

Rapid changes in the field of knowledge management (KM) have to a great extent resulted from the dramatic progress we have witnessed in the field of information and communication technology. ICT allows the movement of information at increasing speeds and efficiencies, and thus facilitates sharing as well as accelerated growth of knowledge. For example, computers capture data from measurements of natural phenomena, and then quickly manipulate the data to better understand the phenomena they represent. Increased computer power at lower prices enables the measurement of increasingly complex processes, which we possibly could only imagine before. Thus, ICT has provided a major impetus for enabling the implementation of KM applications. Moreover, as learning has accrued over time in the area of social and structural mechanisms, such as through mentoring and retreats that enable effective knowledge sharing, it has made it possible to develop KM applications that best leverage these improved mechanisms by deploying sophisticated technologies.

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