Friday, 3 June 2016

KIN 15 year anniversary research project: 'The Evolution of Knowledge Management'

The Knowledge and Innovation Network was initiated by IKON at Warwick Business School 15 years ago.

Since then the world has changed immeasurably, with societal and technological changes blurring the boundaries between our work and personal lives. Networks, in all their forms, are everywhere. To celebrate KIN's anniversary and reflect on these changes, three long-standing KIN member organisations PwC, Severn Trent Water and The British Council have been invited to participate in a qualitative research project.

Yaqi Yang, a student on the WBS MSc Information Systems Management course will be conducting the research, supervised by Davide Nicolini, as part of her Masters dissertation. 

Yaqi will look at the changes to knowledge management that have taken place in these organisations since 2001 through interviews with a wide variety of staff and others that have shaped organisational learning. She will look at what knowledge management initiatives and techniques have had the most impact. In the best tradition of KIN practice, learning what hasn't worked, and why, may yield some of the most valuable insights.

This will not just be retrospective on how things have (or haven't) changed in the last decade and a half. We intend using this knowledge to anticipate how things may yet evolve. A further 15 year projection would be foolhardy in this rapidly evolving world, but at KIN we have the ability to learn and actually shape the future.

The research results and analysis will be presented and a discussion hosted on where we may be headed, at the KIN Membership at the Autumn Workshop / 'Unconference', taking place on 12th / 13th September.

Further details on the research study can be provided by dawn.coton@wbs.ac.uk
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