Establishing the Taxonomy of Knowledge Management: An Analysis of the Structural Components of the Discipline

By Margaret Tan, Abdus Sattar Chaudhry and ChuKeong Lee.

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In the last two decades, knowledge management (KM) has attracted a community of researchers both in academia and in practice. This has resulted in a considerable growth in research on various facets of the discipline. While the earlier studies seem to focus on the conceptual frameworks, principles of knowledge management and contributions to KM from other disciplines, later works attempt to demonstrate KM emerging as a distinct scholarly discipline with research focusing on more specific and in-depth aspects. With the discipline reaching some degree of maturity, there is now a need for establishing the taxonomy of KM topics to delineate the structural foundations of the discipline. This paper identifies the key areas of focus of KM activities as depicted in the literature and proposes the taxonomy of major categories indicative of the structure of the KM discipline. The taxonomy is expected to help in categorization of core and peripheral areas in KM and provide an overview of the scope of the discipline. The categorization scheme that is currently under review will also be useful to academics and researchers in structuring and organizing information in the field.

Keywords: Discipline of Knowledge Management, Taxonomy of Knowledge Management, Structural Foundations of Km

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.177-196. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.621MB).

Prof. Margaret Tan

Associate Professor, Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

Margaret Tan is an Associate Professor, Division of Information Studies and Deputy Director, Singapore Internet Research Centre at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Her research interests include the strategic deployment of information technologies, knowledge management and mobilisation, the building of electronic trust and security, data protection and privacy, electronic governance, Internet policies, e-Government and the digital societies. She has published widely in various scholarly publications including two books, The Virtual Workplace and e-Payment: The Digital Exchange. She also serves on numerous editorial boards of international journals and publications.

Dr. Abdus Sattar Chaudhry

Associate Professor, Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

Dr. ChuKeong Lee

Division of Information Studies, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore


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