A Social Network Perspective on Knowledge Management

A Social Network Perspective on Knowledge Management

Reed E. Nelson (Southern Illinois University, USA) and H.Y. Sonya Hsu (Southern Illinois University, USA)
Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-573-3.ch108
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Abstract

Social networks—the sets of relations that link individuals and collectives—have implications for the speed and effectiveness with which knowledge is created and disseminated in organizations Both social networks and knowledge management (KM) are complex, multifaceted phenomena that are as yet imperfectly understood. Not unsurprisingly, our understanding of the interface between the two is similarly imperfect and evolving. There are, however, a number of foundational concepts upon which existing thought converges as well as a body of emerging research that offers practical and conceptual guidance for developing the kind of network best suited for managing different kinds of knowledge. In this article, we introduce rudimentary network concepts, briefly recapitulate KM and organizational learning concepts related to networks, and then explore some of the interfaces between social networks and KM.

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