Knowledge Management Systems for Emergency Preparedness: The Claremont University Consortium Experience

Knowledge Management Systems for Emergency Preparedness: The Claremont University Consortium Experience

Murali Raman (Multimedia University, Malaysia), Terry Ryan (Claremont Graduate University, USA) and Lorne Olfman (Claremont Graduate University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-933-5.ch161
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Abstract

This article is about the design and implementation of an information system, using Wiki technology to improve the emergency preparedness efforts of the Claremont University Consortium. For some organizations, as in this case, responding to a crisis situation is done within a consortium environment. Managing knowledge across the various entities involved in such efforts is critical. This includes having the right set of information that is timely and relevant and that is governed by an effective communication process. This study suggests that Wiki technology might be useful to support knowledge management in the context of emergency preparedness within organizations. However, issues such as training in the use of a system(s), a knowledge-sharing culture among entities involved in emergency preparedness, and a fit between task and technology/system must be there in order to support emergency preparedness activities that are given such structures.

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