Building Bridges: A Transdisciplinary Future for Knowledge Management

By Rachel Jones and James Lee Corner.

Published by The Organization Collection

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Knowledge management (KM) is currently a fragmented field. It is characterised by a range of competing ontological approaches towards knowledge and its management, a consequence of KM’s emergence from IS and its subsequent adoption and use in a wide range of management disciplines. Some KM scholars believe the future of KM lies in uniting these approaches by having KM achieve disciplinary status. This paper explores an alternative future for KM – it argues that KM could benefit from being the central focus of transdisciplinary research, rather than a discipline itself. Not to be confused with multi-, inter-, and post-disciplinary approaches, the discussion first carefully explains what is meant by transdisciplinarity. The paper then explores the advantages, as well as the challenges, of transdisciplinarity, before, finally, positioning KM as a potential boundary object of interest and import to many fields of study.

Keywords: Knowledge Management, Transdisciplinarity, Boundary Object

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp.19-30. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 772.701KB).

Dr. Rachel Jones

Research Fellow, Systems Analysis Laboratory, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland

Rachel Jones has a doctorate in English literature and another in Knowledge Management from a communication perspective. Her own knowledge journey reflects the transdisciplinarity she hopes to foster within the KM community.

Prof. James Lee Corner

Professor (Waikato) and Research Fellow (Bordeaux), Department of Management Systems, Waikato Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand and Bordeaux Management School, Hamilton, France

James Corner obtained his PhD in operations research at Arizona State University after completing an MBA at the University of Wyoming. Prior to joining the Department of Management Systems, he held various management positions over a period of 10 years with US Steel Corp (now, USX) and Texas Instruments. His research interests include multiattribute/multiobjective decision making, decision analysis, decision support systems, and systems intelligence.

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