The course introduces theoretical concepts of Knowledge Management from the perspective of two different social sciences: Organization Studies/Management and Sociology. Common Knowledge Management approaches, methods and tools will be presented, and the participants will have the opportunity to test some of them.
The efficient management of knowledge as a resource of an organization is considered to be a major source of competitive advantage. The course aims at - introducing participants to the most common knowledge management theories, - raising their awareness on opportunities and barriers to attempts of managing knowledge in organizations - drawing a realistic picture of what can be achieved by managers in the frame of knowledge management initatives by what means and approaches.
The course is building on a systemic-constructionist perspective of knowledge. From this perspective, knowledge is understood as co-constructed by people in interactions. Such a theoretic perspective looks at systemic (organizational) structures and the interplay between individuals and these structures in processes of knowledge generation and transformation. Next to an introduction into knowledge management theories, the course will also present participants with knowledge management approaches and tools.
None. Participants will be provided with slides before the course.
Relevant literature (3-5 articles) will be send to the students at least four weeks before the course.
Prerequisites / Notice
There will be a term work assignment - reports to be handed in in the second half of May. Students will work on an own KM case study.
Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)