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Themes

Conference Program (PDF 116 KB)  

Overall Theme:

Knowledge Management

Theme 1: Organisations and Change: Structures, Governance, Resources and Strategies
  • Knowledge and the organisation: creation, dissemination and use.
  • The rise and nature of knowledge-based enterprises.
  • Knowledge management: making sense of an oxymoron.
  • Virtual enterprises, global and local implications.
  • Culture and knowledge-based change: the impacts of national and organisational cultures.
  • Public and private sector manifestations of knowledge-based change.
  • Managing intellectual property.
  • Strategies for knowledge-based change.
  • Models, tools and technologies for knowledge-management.
  • Collaboration and culture as business drivers.
  • Knowing customers: managing customer relations.
  • Learning organisations.
Theme 2: Human Capital: Its Role and Significance in a Networked World
  • Human capital in a knowledge-based economy.
  • Knowledge work and knowledge workers.
  • Competencies and capabilities for knowledge work.
  • Performance management and appraisal.
  • Social talk and storytelling.
  • Learning, training, mentoring.
  • Knowledge loss and reinvention: human resources implications.
  • Productive diversity: knowing and capitalising upon workforce diversity.
Theme 3: Knowledge-Based Economies in a Networked World
  • New factorial mix: knowledge as the key factor of production.
  • The qualities and characteristics of knowledge.
  • Knowledge-based theories of the firm.
  • Intangibles: their management and measurement.
  • Concepts of ROI in knowledge-based enterprises.
  • Innovation, know how and ideas.
  • Scales of operation and levels of knowledge, where global meets niche.
  • National and international knowledge creation policies.
  • Economic underdevelopment and knowledge development.
  • Asian ‘Tigers’ and the knowledge economy.
Theme 4: The Social Dimension to Knowledge-Based Change
  • The borderless world: globalisation, technology and human kind.
  • Information and knowledge as drivers of change.
  • The North-South divide.
  • The digital divide.
  • EEO, affirmative action, diversity management and beyond—equity, equality and fairness in the organisation.
  • The role of international agencies in building knowledge infrastructures.
  • Using technologies to enable and transform.
  • The role of education, training and learning in the knowledge economy.