Knowledge Strategy and Its Role in the Organization: An Exploratory Study

Knowledge Strategy and Its Role in the Organization: An Exploratory Study

Joseph E. Kasten (Dowling College, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-555-1.ch015
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Abstract

Knowledge strategy is defined as the set of guidelines and philosophies that guide an organization’s knowledge-based activities, such as knowledge gathering, development, storage, and utilization. Much of the early literature describing knowledge strategy suggests that its role in the organization is to drive, and be driven by, organizational structure and the human resources and technology strategies. The present research utilizes semistructured interview data to determine that knowledge strategy is less of a formal structure and more of a lens through which knowledge-based decisions are viewed and focused, resulting in organizational actions that align with the knowledge strategy of the organization.
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Literature Review

The literature review is divided into three subsections. The first section defines and develops the topic of knowledge strategy. This leads into the second subsection, which condenses the literature concerning the external and organizational drivers of KS creation. The last subsection details the empirical evidence supporting the existence of many of these drivers.

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