Knowledge Society, Culture, and Information Systems Minitrack

This minitrack solicits papers that focus on various cultural aspects of knowledge management and IS. As noted by Castelfranchi (2007) a knowledge society generates, processes, shares and makes available to all members knowledge that may be used to improve the current state. Furthermore, a knowledge society differs from an information society in that the former serves to transform information into resources that allow society to take effective action while the latter only creates and disseminates the raw data. In today’s hypercompetitive business world a critical strategic necessity becomes creating and sustaining knowledge societies. Facilitating knowledge sharing and utilization among team members and co-workers from different cultures and regions is an enormous challenge. Understanding cultural knowledge facilitates the exploration of values, beliefs, and behaviors in any culture and provides a perspective for comparing and contrasting cultures. This includes but is not limited to understanding and appreciating of various cultural considerations including sub cultures, organizational cultures, national cultures, and/or the use of cultural or indigenous knowledge in knowledge based systems.

Potential topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Sustainability of cultural/indigenous knowledge and knowledge societies
  • Value of cultural/indigenous knowledge
  • Transfer of cultural/indigenous knowledge (between member and /or outside the group)
  • Using social media to capture and convey cultural knowledge
  • Cultural and social differences in knowledge sharing and utilization
  • Knowledge sharing and utilization in culturally diverse teams
  • Implementing global knowledge systems
  • Sharing and utilization knowledge in the global value chain
  • Case studies focusing on global knowledge systems
  • International Business operations, knowledge sharing, and IS
  • Cross-border mergers & acquisitions and knowledge sharing and transfer
  • Utilization of knowledge collected from different markets and regions
  • Export knowledge sharing and use
  • Global/Key Account Management, knowledge management, and IS
  • Practitioner papers on knowledge sharing and utilization across cultures

Minitrack Co-Chairs:

Minna Rollins (Primary Contact)
University of West Georgia

Mika Gabrielsson
University of Eastern Finland

Nilmini Wickramasinghe
Deakin University, Australia

Dave Croasdell
University of Nevada, Reno

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