Knowledge Management between Fad and Relevance

Information, Vol.8, No.2, pp. 255-268, March 2005

14 Pages Posted: 31 May 2006


Related to Learning Organization (Chris Argyris, Donald Schon, Peter Senge etc.), but established as a distinct field of study in management/organizational theory through the works of the classics (even though their papers and books are less than ten years old) such as Ikujiro Nonaka, Hitoraka Takeuchi, Thomas Davenport, Laurence Prusak, Verna Allee, Karl Erik Sveiby, Knowledge Management seems to reach its peak of glory, if we consider the number of conferences, books, papers, articles devoted to this topic. For the people who witnessed, ten years ago, the BRP (Business Process Reengineering) fever, there is a strange sensation of deja vu. Is Knowledge Management a fundamental phenomenon in contemporary business environment? Or is it just a passing fad, like so many fads desperately demanded in management theory? No doubt, management theory needs to refresh its gurus' team from time to time. So they rush to exhaustion writing books and dozens of papers each year, trying to enter in management's hall of fame and earn, like football players, the most in their short period of glory. To what extent is KM technology, management, sociology and other social sciences related? Any answer is risky. But it's worth the effort.

Keywords: Management, Learning Organization, Knowledge Management

JEL Classification: L15, L20, M19

Suggested Citation

Fotache, Marin, Knowledge Management between Fad and Relevance. Information, Vol.8, No.2, pp. 255-268, March 2005, Available at SSRN:

Marin Fotache (Contact Author)

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