Creating the Discipline of Knowledge Management: The Latest in University Research

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Michael Stankosky
Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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In this book Dr. Michael Stankosky, founder of the first doctoral program in knowledge management, sets out to provide a rationale and solid research basis for establishing Knowledge Management (KM) as an academic discipline. While it is widely known that Knowledge is the driver of our knowledge economy, Knowledge Management does not yet have the legitimacy that only rigorous academic research can provide. This book lays out the argument for KM as a separate academic discipline, with its own body of knowledge (theoretical constructs), guiding principles, and professional society.

In creating an academic discipline, there has to be a widely accepted theoretical construct, arrived at by undergoing scholarly scientific investigation and accompanying rigor. This construct becomes the basis for an academic curriculum, and proven methodologies for practice. Thus, the chapters in this book bridge theory and practice, providing guiding principles to those embarking on or evaluating the merits of a KM program.

As a methodology itself for undertaking the development of a body of knowledge, a KM Research Map was developed to guide scholars, researchers, and practitioners. This book presents this map, and showcases cutting-edge scholarship already performed in this nascent field by including the dissertation results of eleven KM scholar/practitioners.

*First book to provide cutting-edge research from new scholars in Knowledge Management
*Provides a rationale and research base for establishing knowledge management as an academic discipline
*Research from the first doctoral program in knowledge management in North America, at George Washington University

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Mike Stankosky is Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and Co-founder/Co-director of the Institute for Knowledge Management at the George Washington University. He is the Lead Professor for Knowledge Management, Marketing of Technology and Technology Issues Analysis. He has established the first U.S. Masters, Graduate Certificate, and Doctoral programs in Knowledge Management (KM); and is directing extensive KM research (over 50 researchers), with the objective of creating an academic discipline and a theory of Knowledge Management. He has written several seminal articles, addressed numerous conferences, and is a contributing editor to KMWorld on this topic. He consults to several corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies on KM. He co-founded the Institute for Knowledge Management at the George Washington University. Dr. Stankosky joined the George Washington University in 1998. Prior to that, he was a Senior Vice President for Business Development at QuesTech, Inc., a Systems Engineering and Integration Corporation. He spent five years at Science Applications International Corporation as Vice President for Commercial and International Business Development, specializing in Information Technology solutions. He has 26 years experience in the military, encompassing many areas of research, development, and acquisition. His expertise ranges from command, control, communications, computers, modeling and simulation to systems and software engineering, to program management and direction activities, to policy formulation and operational leadership positions. He also served as a diplomat at the American Embassy, Paris, brokering relationships among U.S. and French governments and various enterprises. He retired as a Colonel of Marines. Dr. Stankosky has been active in developing Information Technology (IT) architectures that cut across many domains. He pioneered the widely implemented Department of Defense I

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