The world economy in which we are living poses challenges that lead to a realization that ‘more of the same’ will be difficult to sustain. This provides an illustration that, in order to create new or modified knowledge practices, strengthen customer relationships and thus positively influence customer satisfaction, organizations must be flexible in configuring (combining) knowledge and knowledge structures in a way that is appropriate for delivering value to the customer. It must simultaneously develop effective strategies for updating the knowledge of its staff members necessary for underpinning the creation and delivery of appropriate knowledge services. Thus, unlearning (forgetting) becomes a critical means for organizational success.
The ECKM community of scholars has already initiated dialogue that links its particular strengths to innovation issues. This conference aims to further that dialogue by attracting leading edge work that leverages the ECKM community’s in-depth understanding of learning and unlearning to better understand knowledge management. Our aim is to stimulate breakthrough research streams linking learning, unlearning and knowledge management.
How can organizations tailor, use, and extend techniques and tools from knowledge management for improving their business practices and processes? Building upon existing work on knowledge management (KM) and organizational learning, the conference will promote interdisciplinary approaches from computer science and information systems, business, management and organization science as well as cognitive science. Emphasis will be put on systematic learning from experience, KM tools and KM success factors. A special interest belongs to knowledge management initiatives which are lightweight (i.e., do not place considerable additional burden on users and KM experts), allow an incremental adoption (i.e., do not require large up-front investment before any return of investment is at least visible), and are flexible regarding frequent changes in experts and topics.
Continuing the success of the ECKM conference series since 2000, the 2016 conference will provide an international communication forum bringing together academia and industry for discussing the progress made and addressing the challenges faced by continuous learning in knowledge-intensive organizations.
The conference committee welcomes contributions on a wide range of topics using a range of scholarly approaches including theoretical and empirical papers employing qualitative, quantitative and critical methods. Case studies and work-in-progress/posters are welcomed approaches. PhD Research, proposals for roundtable discussions, non-academic contributions and product demonstrations based on the main themes are also invited.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
The fundamentals of Knowledge Management
- Maturity models
- Success factors
- Process Knowledge
- Ontologies and knowledge representation
Knowledge Management in the organisation
- Benchmarking of knowledge management activities
- Change management, KM in business transformation
- Communities of Practice
- Organisational learning
- Tacit Knowledge in Organisations
Evaluation and performance
- Knowledge and competence evaluation & assessment
- Measurement and evaluation of KM effectiveness
- Skill and competence management
- Establishing Innovation networks
- Managing intellectual capital
- Intellectual capital in higher education institutions
Knowledge Management Systems
- Configuring and combining knowledge structures
- Content management systems
- Asset valuation models
- Tacit knowledge capture and dissemination
Knowledge Management in Practice
- Case studies and best practices
- KM in SME’s
- KM in the Public Sector
- KM in Project Management
- KM success stories and failures
- The role of KM in economic recovery
- KM and Web 2.0
- National Knowledge Management Styles
- Knowledge creation and sharing mechanisms
- Knowledge sharing between different groups and organizations
The knowledge economy
- Managing services in the knowledge economy
Knowledge Management and Intellectual Capital Excellence Awards
The application of Knowledge Management (KM) and Intellectual Capital (IC) can lead to considerable improvements in organisational efficiency and effectiveness, not to mention competitive advantage. However, examples of good practice in the employment of KM and/or IC are not easy to find. For this reason we have decided to establish a competition to find the best examples of high quality KM and IC in practice. These examples will be considered through case histories and we welcome contributions from academics, business professionals and students. Examples of the use of KM and/or IC within a university are also welcome.
To enter the competition we ask you in the first instance to submit an abstract of up to 300 words using the online submission form describing the work you wish to draw to our attention to. If your proposal is suitable we will invite you to submit a full case history of no more than 3000 words which will be considered as an entry to the competition. A panel of international adjudicators will evaluate the case histories.
Papers presented at the conference will be published in the conference proceedings, subject to author registration and payment. Papers that have been presented at the conference will be considered for further development and publication in a special issue of the Electronic Journal of Knowledge Management.
In addition, papers that have been presented at the conference will be considered for further development and publication in special issues of:
- Journal of Knowledge Management (Emerald, ISSN: 1367 – 3270)
- International Journal of Big Data Intelligence (Inderscience ISSN: 2053−1397÷205−1389)
- Springer Journal of the Knowledge Economy (JKEC) (ISSN: 1868−7865÷1868−7873)
Conference Executive Committee
- Dr. Sandra Moffett – School of Computing and Intelligent Systems, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- Dr. Brendan Galbraith – University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- Dr. Andrea Reid – Department of Business and Enterprise, UUBS, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- Dr. Jose A. Santos – School of Computing and Intelligent Systems of the University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
- Prof. Rodney McAdam – Ulster Business School, University of Ulster, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK