Knowledge Appraisal and Knowledge Management Systems: Judging What We Know

Knowledge Appraisal and Knowledge Management Systems: Judging What We Know

Hannah Standing Rasmussen (University of Western Ontario, Canada) and Nicole Haggerty (University of Western Ontario, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch205
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Abstract

Knowledge management (KM) is a critical practice by which a firm’s intellectual capital is created, stored and shared. This has lead to a rich research agenda within which knowledge management systems (KMS) have been a key focus. Our research reveals that an important element of KM practice—knowledge appraisal— is considered in only a fragmentary and incomplete way in research. Knowledge appraisal reflects the multi-level process by which a firm’s knowledge is evaluated by the organization or individual for its value. The processes are highly intertwined with the use of the KMS. It therefore requires consideration of KA across multiple levels and types of knowledge across the entire KM cycle. To achieve this goal, we develop and present a taxonomy of knowledge appraisal practices and discuss their role in the KM lifecycle emphasizing implications for research and practice.

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