New Trends in Knowledge Management

A special issue of Knowledge (ISSN 2673-9585).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 May 2024) | Viewed by 350

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School of Creative and Cultural Business, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7QE, UK
Interests: knowledge management; information behaviour; organizational learning; digitalization; intellectual capital

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Since its early days in the 1990s, knowledge management has developed into a well-defined subject discipline which continues to attract the interest and attention of academics and practitioners alike. It has seen the emergence of several main schools of thought, which form the core of both KM theory and practice. These include:

  • Social—focussing on human interactions for learning and knowledge exchange, often in organizational contexts;
  • Personal—focussing on the development and application of tacit knowledge and skills;
  • Technological—focussing on the use of information and communication technologies to facilitate knowledge management.

Perhaps one of the most notable characteristics of KM is its scope, ranging from the consideration of significant theory-based epistemological issues to highly practice-based approaches to managing knowledge across teams. Inevitably, these issues are affected by, (and in many instances driven by) socio-economic and technological changes and developments. Over the last few years, we have seen significant societal and technological changes, which have led us to reconsider what knowledge is and how it might be managed as a valuable resource.

Globally, COVID-19 facilitated a move towards remote working practices by many organisations and catalysed the use of tools and technologies for remote working by employees. Socio-political conflicts in many areas of the world have led to mass migration, refugee movement and cross-country transit on an unprecedented scale, raising questions around the loss of regional cultural knowledge, knowledge mobility and skill requirements. Environmental concerns (particularly in relation to energy sources and the management of habitats) are more pressing than ever, and KM must play a role in mitigating these issues. From a technological perspective, recent developments in the field of artificial intelligence allow us to consider how we validate knowledge and the significance of knowledge sources.

In this Special Issue of Knowledge, original research articles and reviews are welcome that focus on the future of knowledge management. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • AI and KM;
  • Human/machine knowledge exchange;
  • Knowledge and misinformation: contested knowledge;
  • Knowledge beyond borders: global nomadism;
  • Chaos, complexity, uncertainty and knowledge;
  • Environmental knowledge;
  • The politics of knowledge;
  • Digitalisation and knowledge management.

I look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Simon M. Burnett
Guest Editor

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  • uncertainty
  • complexity
  • politics
  • environment
  • artificial intelligence
  • nomadism

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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