The dual paradigm nature of knowledge management: implications for achieving quality outcomes in human resource management

Gloet, M and Berrell, M 2003, 'The dual paradigm nature of knowledge management: implications for achieving quality outcomes in human resource management', Journal of Knowledge Management, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 78-89.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title The dual paradigm nature of knowledge management: implications for achieving quality outcomes in human resource management
Author(s) Gloet, M
Berrell, M
Year 2003
Journal name Journal of Knowledge Management
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 78
End page 89
Total pages 11
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Abstract Two paradigm orientations exist in the emerging field of knowledge management (KM). In one paradigm, information technology predominantly influences ideas about knowledge management. In the other, organizational learning is the major influence. For KM to contribute effectively to organizational strategy, organizations must build and strengthen the linkages between KM, human resource management (HRM), and business development. The dual paradigm nature of KM suggests that strategies driven by information technology exhibit quite different characteristics to those driven by organizational learning, the former being driven by technology, while the latter is dominated more by a focus on people. It is important for HR practitioners to understand how certain paradigm orientations to KM can lead to very different paths into thinking about HRM practices and can result in a lack of continuity between various strategic initiatives in an organization. In turn, quality initiatives in HRM will be affected. Suggestions for dealing with the dual paradigm nature of KM are also offered.
Subject Human Resources Management
DOI - identifier 10.1108/13673270310463635
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ISSN 1367-3270
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