Knowledge Life Cycle, Knowledge Inventory, and Knowledge Acquisition Strategies
55 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2011
Date Written: July 18, 2011
For a knowledge and skill centric organization, the process of knowledge management encompasses three important and closely related elements: (i) task assignments, (ii) knowledge acquisition through training, and finally (iii) maintaining proper level of knowledge inventory among the existing workforce. Tradeoff on choices between profit maximization in the short run and agility and flexibility in the long term is a vexing problem in knowledge management. In this study, we examine effects of different training strategies on short-term operational efficiency and long-term workforce flexibility. We address our research objective by developing a computational model for task and training assignment in a dynamic knowledge environment consisting of multiple distinct knowledge dimensions. Overall, we find that organizational slack is an important variable in determining the effectiveness of training strategies. Training strategies focused on the most recent skills are found to be the preferable option in most of the considered scenarios. Interestingly, increased efficiencies in training can actually create preference conflict between employees and the firm. Our findings indicate that firms facing longer knowledge lifecycles, higher slack in workforce capacity and better training efficiencies actually face more difficult challenges in knowledge management.
Keywords: Knowledge Management, Scheduling, Agency, Incompleted Contract
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