[Book] Call for Chapters: Cultural Implications of Knowledge Sharing, Management and Transfer

(German title: [Buch] Aufruf für Kapitel: Kulturelle Schlussfolgerungen zu Wissensteilung, -management und -transfer)


Cultural Implications of Knowledge Sharing, Management and Transfer: Identifying Competitive Advantage
A book edited by Deogratias Harorimana, Southampton Solent University

Proposals Submission Deadline: 4/15/2008
Full Chapters Due: 8/31/2008

Several studies including Nonaka (1994) and Nonaka and Takeuchi (1995) have presented knowledge creation models, widely described as a SECI model, that describes knowledge creation as a continuous dialogue between tacit and codified knowledge. Some researchers have described Nonaka’s model as inconsistent and lacking sufficient evidence to support some of its claims. Critics of the model argue that tacit knowledge is conservative but simultaneously a source of innovation. Others, however, do think that tacit knowledge is largely influential; and the success of its application is dependent upon the culture and identity of the recipients as well as the “reservoir” (Argote and Linda (2000)) willingness to engage in a process that is likely to require altering existing norms and behaviors at the site of origin .To date, however, studies have not investigated the relationship between the cultural and identity aspects and their may exercise influence on knowledge transfer process or vice versa.
There is no doubt among scholars that knowledge is critical to gaining a competitive advantage. Strategists have described networking and being able to access knowledge as the surest path to gaining to a competitive advantage. Moreover, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in re-thinking corporation in 2014 have called senior Managers and CEO to rethink about their strategies concerning the development and protection of their intangible assets in much more volatile, competitive and global markets. Contributors towards the book may, develop theories and cases and propose models demonstrating how and what the corporate can do about identity and cultural differences that are key factors that are inhibiting and increasing costs to knowledge sharing and knowledge transfer. They will identify problems and show how corporations maximise on the benefits of sharing tacit knowledge which is seen as essential for new product development and innovation.

Overall Objective of the Book
“Cultural Implications of Knowledge Sharing, Management and Transfer: Identifying Competitive Advantage” will gather contributions of scholars from different but related disciplines. The central aim of this manuscript is to illustrate, compare, and discuss models, perspectives, and approaches that can be helpful to understanding state-of-the-art current research on this topic. Contributions will be from different viewpoints and will depict the possible trajectories of future development. The purpose of this manuscript is to provide a “common interface” to scholars and practitioners, allowing for the communication between different disciplines and areas, with the hope that this “cross-fertilisation” can help to overcome the limitations of the single viewpoint. The assumption here is that a systematic comparison and discussion of different but converging models and approaches is essential in creating the foundations of a common language and agreed conceptual framework allowing the exchange of findings and ideas. Clearly, any multidisciplinary project is risky, since it involves different disciplines and academic approaches that can be too distant (and, sometimes, idiosyncratic). However, the nature of the problem makes the effort valuable and necessary. This book will help in understanding a broad picture of the state-of-the-art of the current research on the topic seen from different viewpoints, and depict the possible trajectories of the future developments. It will also enable the building of a common set of concepts, terms, references, and approaches in disciplinary areas that are sometimes too distant.

Target Audience
The principal audience will consist of scholars and researchers in the aforementioned fields. The book is designed to provide “food for thought” for the future research; however, practitioners might find the foundations for new ideas in a dynamic environment such as the managing culture complexities in their businesses and learn how to minimise the costs and risks. Graduate and post-graduate students would also find this book to be a useful reference resource.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1.  Culture and Knowledge transfer
  2. Technology and culture
  3. Linking tacit knowledge to innovation
  4. Knowledge and innovations: Enhancing tacit knowledge
  5. Knowledge Codification: Externalizing and Sharing Tacit Knowledge
  6. Knowledge Development Tools
  7. Knowledge Visualization
  8. Tacit Knowledge, culture and virtual organizations
  9. Identity and knowledge transfer
  10. Linking organizational strategy to Knowledge and competitive advantage
  11. Extracting and disconnecting knowledge from the knower
  12. Knowledge transfer: accommodating culture and identity
  13. Measuring and auditing tacit Knowledge (as intellectual capital)
  14. Trust, community of knowledge, distance and relational context.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before April 15, 2008, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by 15th May, 2008 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Contributors are asked to submit papers on specific topics. Each paper should be aimed to “explain concepts, theories, approaches, and perspectives” underpinning the current research, rather than “illustrate the last empirical findings”. Empirical chapters will be accepted if they are based on a concise, focused and strong theoretical framework and all this within a clearly set out context. This can enable the understanding by readers specialising in other disciplines. Each paper will undergo a double-blind peer review. Two reviewers, specialising in the same area of the author, will assess the quality of the paper in that specific field. The other reviewer, specialising in a completely different field, will assess the “readability”, and will provide suggestions to simplify the language, clarify concepts, make bridges towards other disciplines, etc. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by August 31, 2008. Authors will be informed of the final acceptance/ rejection by October 15th 2008. The book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), http://www.igi-global.com/, publisher of the IGI Publishing (formerly Idea Group Publishing), Information Science Publishing, IRM Press, CyberTech Publishing, Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), and Medical Information Science Reference imprints.

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For further information go to the website of the call.

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