Information Technology for Knowledge Management in China

Information Technology for Knowledge Management in China

Michelle W.L. Fong (Victoria University of Technology, Australia)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 10
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-931777-03-2.ch015
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Knowledge management concerns integrating, sharing, accessing and accumulating information for action throughout the organisation (Pelton, 1999; Porter, 1998). It has been receiving increasing attention as the latest information technology based system to improve organisational efficiencies, which may be in the forms of successful implementation of innovations (Huber, 1990), sustainable competitive advantage (Grant, 1996a, 1996b) or productivity gains (Davenport et al., 1996). In knowledge management, information technology is an essential enabling tool because of the latter’s unprecedented technological power in information processing, storing and transmission (Hanley, 1999; Porter, 1998). Information technology provides the technological infrastructure for knowledge management (Davenport et al.,1998). However, the effective use of information technology for knowledge management requires the managers to take cognisant of the factors that influence the information technology adoption process as well as the implementation of knowledge management practices. These factors could be external or/and internal to the organisation.

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