Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management
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Handbook of Research on Knowledge Management

Adaptation and Context

Edited by Anders Örtenblad

This innovative Handbook aims to examine whether there is a need to adapt and widen our understanding of knowledge management. A common definition of knowledge management is taken as the starting point for discussions on its relevance in various contexts, such as Buddhist organizations, law firms, the army and indigenous organizations. Moreover, the universality of Ikujiro Nonaka’s ideas on knowledge management is explored, and some alternative definitions are suggested. This book will appeal to academics and students of business and management, business administration, sociology and organizational behavior. Practitioners, managers and business-owners will also find this an invaluable resource.
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Chapter 23: Conclusions, a contingency model of knowledge management and recommendations for further research

Anders Örtenblad


This book has explored the idea of knowledge management and put it into context. Contributors have evaluated the relevance of a general, normative definition or model of knowledge management to organizations in various contexts. Others have more generally reasoned about and evaluated the universality of the knowledge management concept. Yet other contributors have discussed the knowledge management concept as such, reflected over its relevance and considered whether or not any changes of the concept are needed. In this, the final chapter of the book, we shall return to the aims of the book that were stated in the introductory chapter, to outline what the book in total has contributed. There will also be some suggestions for further research within the area.

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