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Knowledge Management Within a Learning Organization

International Journal of Applied Knowledge Management (ISSN: 1746-8167) Volume 1 Issue 2

Bruce W. Dobbins

Linda Smelser

Zane Berge
Associate Professor
UMBC

Abstract

Managing knowledge has become a key component to staying competitive and effective in all areas of business. The economic changes made in recent years with approximately 97% of all employment growth coming from knowledge work has resulted in changes in the ways knowledge is gathered, managed and dispersed. Knowledge management (KM) is also creating changes in organizational approach to training, education, development, research and worker roles. The rationale for a learning organization is that organizations competing within the constantly changing global market must be flexible and adaptive to be productive and excel. Being flexible and adaptive means that productive organizations will learn how to tap into the human potential and commitment for learning at all levels. Corporations that understand the importance of collective knowledge and learning at all levels will spend the time to incorporate knowledge management and learning organization concepts to meet the demands of gathering and managing the vast amounts of knowledge produced daily in our global business environment.

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