[German title: [Journal] Aufruf für Artikel-Beiträge: Online Information Review – Spezialausgabe über persönliches Wissensmanagement im Web]
Special issue call for papers
ONLINE INFORMATION REVIEW:
Deadline for article submission: 15 March 2008
Personal knowledge management (PKM) can be broadly defined as an evolving set of knowledge, skills and abilities that allows an individual to survive, and prosper, through turbulent, complex and changing organisational and social environments.
PKM is a concept that has grown out of a combination of fields as diverse as knowledge management (KM), personal information management, cognitive psychology, philosophy, management science, communications as well as others. However, very little research or significant conceptual development has been done with PKM. A search of PKM in major databases turns up just a handful of papers.
What we do know is that PKM focuses on helping individuals be more effective. The existing literature points to increasing individual effectiveness in work environments – such as teams and organisations. While the traditional view of KM is primarily concerned with managing organisational knowledge, including the knowledge that individuals possess in their heads, through combinations of technology and management processes, the core focus of PKM is ‘personal inquiry’ – the quest to find, connect, learn and explore. One question that immediately arises, then, is this: Is there an inherent conflict between organisational KM and PKM?
PKM supports the belief that knowledge workers, and arguably all people, increasingly need to be responsible for their own growth and learning. They need processes and tools by which they can evaluate what they know in a given situation, and then seek out ways to fill the gaps when needed. This frequently implies technology and education, but could include numerous other skills and abilities, such as:
- Personal learning management strategies
- Information literacy and design skills
- Organisational skills
- Personal librarianship and research skills
- Communication, networking and collaboration skills
- Non-rational, intuitive abilities, pattern-recognition and understanding of complex adaptive systems, improvisation skills
- Creativity and imagination.
Given the definition and descriptions above and the obvious need for knowledge workers (and all people) to effectively access and use knowledge and information to survive inevitable change, it behoves us to explore the concept of PKM in far greater depth. Therefore we have organized this special issue of Online Information Review to delve both deeply and broadly into the area of PKM as it relates to the Internet and online sources of information, knowledge. To achieve this objective both empirical research and conceptual articles are being sought.
Possible topic areas include, but are not limited to:
- The role of technology in PKM
– Personal productivity tools
– Web 2.0
– Knowledge/ information retrieval
– Blogs and wikis
– Social and business networking tools
- The history of PKM and the Internet
- Approaches to PKM – dealing with information overload, quality of online information, etc.
- PKM and organisational KM: conflicting or matching objectives; integrating knowledge management systems approaches
- PKM and the knowledge society: knowledge workers, social and knowledge networking, e-government
- Cultural perspectives of PKM technology and applications
- PKM and online education: lifelong learning, training
- Deadline for article submission: 15 March 2008
- Author notification: 15 April 2008
- Final paper submission: 15 May 2008
- Publication: August 2008
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