Ideation as a Practice for knowledge Creation and Protection

By Hong Y. Park, Hyejung Chang and Sang Kyu Lee.

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This paper reviews literature on the nature of knowledge and knowledge creation. The review of literature identifies issues that need to be resolved in knowledge creation. The paper, then, examines ideation, one of the emerging knowledge creation practices. The paper is to study how knowledge creation practices address theoretical issues and evaluates ideation from the theoretical perspective of knowledge creation.
We found ideation elicits individuals’ tacit knowledge and serves as a facilitator of knowledge creation. The paper is useful for knowledge managers to identify issues in knowledge creation and can also be useful in designing a better knowledge creating practice. The paper attempts to build a bridge between theories and practices. Interactions between theories and practices can offer insight on the application of theories to practices and help improve both theories and practices.

Keywords: Ideation, Knowledge Creation, Micro-foundation, Useful Knowledge, Technology, Knowledge Conversion, Evolutionary Epistemology, Knowledge Creation Practice, Access Cost

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp.13-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 707.976KB).

Dr. Hong Y. Park

Professor of Economics, Department of Economics, College of Business & Management, Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan, USA and Kyung Hee University, University Center, South Korea

Professor Park earned his undergraduate degree from Kyung Hee University, South Korea, M.A. from Seoul National University, M.B.A. from Farleigh Dickinson University and Ph.D. from Utah State University. Professor Park specializes in the theory of the firm and economics of organization. His research interests include sourcing strategies, work incentives, application of the theory of the firm to business practices and strategies, and firm’s knowledge creation. He has taught courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, economics of organization, managerial economics, money and banking, corporate strategy and knowledge management. Professor Park’s publications include articles on work incentives, sourcing strategies and organizational forms. His research has been published in Human Relations, Managerial and Decision Economics, Economic Studies, Annals of Regional Science, American Journal of Business, Multinational Business Review, Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management and Global Economic Review. He has recently published two research monographs on the theories of the firm and corporate strategies. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea during the 2002-2003 academic year. He was an international scholar at Kyung Hee University during the 2009-10 academic year.

Prof. Hyejung Chang

Professor, School of Management, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, South Korea

Dr. Chang is a Professor at Kyung Hee University, where she currently serves as Associate Dean of the School of Management. Professor Chang has been nominated for a Kyung Hee Fellow for her distinguished research activities. Chang’s work aims to understand the knowledge management perspectives of the service industry, to develop quantitative models for efficacy of interventions in health care management, and to conduct economic evaluations of health services and technology. She has taught courses in statistics, microeconomics, research methodology, quantitative data analysis, and management information systems. Professor Chang’s publications include articles on efficiency of intervention functions, work climate, turnover intention, market share technology acceptance, and consumer informatics. Her recent research has been published in Health Care Management Review, International Journal of Health Planning and Management, International Journal of Medical Informatics, Healthcare Informatics Research, Journal of Health Policy & Administration, and European Neurology. Professor Chang received her B.S. in 1985 from Seoul National University, her M.S. in 1987 from the University of Iowa, and her Ph.D. in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. Sang Kyu Lee

Graduate School of Business, The University of Suwon, Suwon, South Korea

Dr. Lee is a Dean of the Graduate School of Business at the University of Suwon, Kyunggido, Korea. He earned an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1991, where he specialized in System of National Accounts and International Economics. He also earned the Certified Fraud Examiner designation in 2001. He worked for the Department of Economics at Ball State University as a Visiting Professor from 1991-1993. His research and teaching focus on knowledge economy and management, the service industry and international economic policies.

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