Managing Knowledge Diversity in Distributed Organizational Structures

Managing Knowledge Diversity in Distributed Organizational Structures

Claude Paraponaris (Université de la Méditerranée, France)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-630-3.ch018
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Knowledge in organizations can be compared with human memory. There is no unique place for creating and conserving knowledge. Knowledge in Multinationals realize it’s potential with various tools of management. The diversity of tools leads to the issue of coordinating levels of management. How managing different tools of KM without disrupting the knowledge creating process? To address this issue we analyses several knowledge management strategies of high technologies industries (computer, telecommunications and pharmacy). In these cases diversity encourages implementation of knowledge management tools. The precision of these tools indicates the firm’s competence in managing and diffusing knowledge. An important conclusion that can be drawn is that several factors (redundancy, diversity, discussion and duration) can reinforce these competences and, in fact: network mechanisms in organization.

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