Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management

Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management

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Release Date: September, 2005|Copyright: © 2006 |Pages: 902
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-573-3
ISBN13: 9781591405733|ISBN10: 1591405734|EISBN13: 9781591405740
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Description & Coverage

The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management is the most comprehensive source of coverage related to the past, present, and emerging directions of knowledge management.

The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management provides a broad basis for understanding the issues, technologies, theories, applications, opportunities, and challenges being faced by researchers and organizations today in their quest for knowledge management. Over 170 contributors from 23 countries have conferred their expertise to this publication, and with 940 definitions and more than 3,600 references, this encyclopedia is the single source for reliable and modern-day research in the field of knowledge management.


The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Application-specific knowledge management issues
  • Communities of practice and knowledge management
  • Creating tools for knowledge management
  • Knowledge management and virtual organizations
  • Knowledge management for e-economy
  • Knowledge management in the global economy
  • Legal aspects of knowledge management
  • Managerial aspects of knowledge management
  • Managing organizational knowledge
  • Organizational and social aspects of knowledge management
  • Organizational learning and knowledge
  • Organizing knowledge management in distributed organizations
  • Processes of knowledge management
  • Stakeholder-based knowledge management in organizations
  • Successful knowledge management systems implementation
  • Technologies of knowledge management
  • Theoretical aspects of knowledge management
  • Valuation of knowledge in public-private enterprises
Reviews & Statements

"The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management is an excellent addition to the field of study. Its scope and breadth make it a useful resource for students and researchers alike."

– Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship, Vol. 12(1) 2006

The text is a solid reference work composed of peer-reviewed essays...
- CHOICE, April 2006, Volume 43 No. 8 "It provides an authoritative repository of KM concepts issues, techniques and research, making it an ideal tool for policy decision makers, educators and managers who need to consider strategic aspects of the knowledge environment and its systems."

– Australian Library Journal

The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management offers an interesting and fairly comprehensive picture of an emerging and truly interdisciplinary field of study.

– Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2006

In a discipline as young as KM, the future depends on the addition of books like the Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management to gain support, interest and spur the imagination of future workforces to enable the leveraging of organizations' intellectual assets to increase their performance and help them move toward becoming a 'knowledge-based enterprise'.

– VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. 36 No. 1, 2006

...the editorial accomplishments of Dr. David Schwartz and his international Editorial Board are noteworthy – a great achievement...

– Nihul - Israel Managers Bimonthly Magazine

It is a recommended reference work for all knowledge management (KM) libraries and any course dealing with KM; and for any student, practitioner, or researcher either trying to learn more about KM, establishing a KM initiative, or conducting research into KM.

– International Journal of Knowledge Management, Vol. 2 Issue 3

It will complement any personal or professional library and may become an extremely useful reference tool for many individuals on a personal and professional level.

– American Reference Books Annual (ARBA) 2006

This volume will enhance all collections that support the growing academic discipline of knowledge management, and be a good pillar in the reference collection of all business and management resources.

– E-Streams

This comprehensive reference does not appear to have any equivalents in print.

– Reference & User Services Quarterly 45(3)

"This is an ideal reference point for scholars, students, and reflexive practitioners in this important and emerging field. Contributions from the world's leading researchers in the field or knowledge and knowing make this an important launching pad for the next generation of work."

– Bob Galliers, Provost, Bentley College

David Schwartz masterfully orchestrates a diverse group of experts to explain the established and the coming in knowledge management...we are able to enjoy a comprehensive play that is much more than the sum of its acts.

– Prof. Dov Te'eni, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

This volume is an essential reference source for ideas as to what needs to be addressed and what we have learned about knowledge management over the past few decades.

– Prof. Laurence Prusak, Babson College, USA

The coverage of this encyclopedia is impressive. The entries are well-written, taking into account current, past, and future issues on each given topic. Its scope and breadth make it a useful resource for students and researchers alike. The Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management is an excellent addition to the field of study. It is recommended for research universities and especially academic business libraries.

– Hal P. Kirkwood, Jr., Purdue University, Indiana

As the first encyclopedia in the KM field, it is not enough just to have a range of decent articles on relevant topics. Schwartz and his team also need to map out the field for those who are completely new to it, and to his credit they have faced this challenge head-on.

– J.S. Edwards, Editor, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, No. 5, 2007
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Editor/Author Biographies
Dr. David Schwartz’s career spans both academia and business. Since 1998 he has served as Editor of the journal Internet Research. David’s research has appeared in publications such as IEEE Intelligent Systems, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communications, Information Systems, Knowledge Management Research & Practice, and the Journal of Organizational Behavior. His books include Cooperating Heterogeneous Systems, Internet-Based Knowledge Management and Organizational Memory, and the Encyclopedia of Knowledge Management. He has been a visiting scholar at Columbia University, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Monash University, Faculty of Information Technology. David’s main research interests are Knowledge Management, Ontology, Internet-based Systems, and Computer-mediated Communications. He serves as a board member of Psagot Investment House, Cham Foods Ltd. (TASE), and Copernic (NASDAQ: CNIC). David received his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University; MBA from McMaster University; and B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.
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Editorial Advisory Board
  • Mark Ackerman
  • University of Michigan, USA

  • Monica Divitini
  • Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology, Norway

  • Robert Galliers
  • Bentley College, USA and London School of Economics, UK

  • Dan Holtshouse
  • Xerox Corporation, USA

  • Murray Jennex
  • San Diego State University, USA

  • William R. King
  • University of Pittsburgh, USA

  • Dorothy Leidner
  • Baylor University, USA

  • Pat Molholt
  • Columbia University, USA

  • Sue Newell
  • University of London Royal Holloway, UK and Bentley College, USA

  • Laurence Prusak
  • Babson College, USA

  • Dave Snowden
  • The Cynefin Centre, UK

  • Leon Sterling
  • University of Melbourne, Australia

  • Dov Te'eni
  • Tel-Aviv University, Israel

  • Fons Wijnhoven
  • University of Twente, The Netherlands