Knowledge Assets, E-Networks and Trust

Knowledge Assets, E-Networks and Trust

G. Scott Erickson (Ithaca College, USA) and Helen N. Rothberg (Marist College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-965-1.ch719
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Abstract

Development of knowledge assets and protection of knowledge assets are both complementary and competing concerns for the contemporary business. Each has specific issues related to trust that need to be understood and addressed before an individual firm launches a knowledge management initiative. Further, with important contemporary trends such as enterprise systems, external knowledge management networks, and aggressive competitive intelligence efforts, decision-makers must increasingly evaluate their circumstances and establish the appropriate levels of trust between individuals and the organization and between cooperating organizations. This chapter reviews and elaborates on such issues. It then passes to a consideration of how these concerns might vary by industry, presenting selected data on knowledge development and knowledge protection conditions in a variety of industries.

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