Adaptation and Context
Research Handbooks in Business and Management series
Edited by Anders Örtenblad
Chapter 7: Knowledge management in elderly care
The primary aim of this chapter is to address the question of whether, and if so in what way, the concept of knowledge management can be appropriate in the context of elderly care. Despite the fact that there are many definitions and frameworks to describe the organizational features, management practices and strategic intents of knowledge management (Heisig 2009; Myers, Chapter 3 in this volume), there are few studies of knowledge management in elderly care. A search in ‘all fields’ using the terms ‘knowledge management’ and ‘elderly care’ in the large journal publisher Sage’s database (which includes more than 700 journals spanning several disciplines) yielded, for example, in October 2013 only six hits (Essén 2008; Villa et al. 2008; Vimarlund et al. 2008; EAPC 2010; Currie and White 2012; Jerak-Zuiderent 2012). None of them dealt specifically with knowledge management in elderly care. Accordingly, the analysis of the relevance of knowledge management in elderly care will contribute to the body of knowledge in this context. This will be done by discussing the specific context of elderly care in Sweden using Myers’s normative model presented in Chapter 3 in this volume. In the first section the context of elderly care in Sweden is introduced and discussed by focusing on learning, knowledge development and knowledge management. The presentation of elderly care is primarily based on previous own studies conducted in recent years (Abrahamson Löfström 2010, 2013).
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