Courses Bachelor Display 2017-2018

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Course title Knowledge Management
Course code EBC2039
ECTS credits 6,5
Assessement None
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
2 30-10-2017 22-12-2017 X/E X/E
Level Introductory/Intermediate
Coordinator Jeffrey Sweeney, Nick Sutton
For more information: j.sweeney@maastrichtuniversity.nl; n.sutton@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
Students that have followed this course should be able to:
-Understand Knowledge Management (KM) concepts and tools;
-Understand KM processes (acquisition, selection, generation, internalisation, externalisation);
-Identify how KM can be used effectively within specific environments;
-Understand the facilitating role that information technology can play in knowledge management;
-Understand the challenges posed by KM implementation.
Description
This course studies the knowledge management practices of contemporary global Organisations. For a long time companies relied on labour, capital and (raw) material as their most important assets, but nowadays intellectual capital (knowledge) is seen as the key driver of competitiveness for many Organisations. Organisations such as consultancy and law firms heavily rely on so-called knowledge workers to deliver their services. The growing recognition that knowledge is a distinct production factor has led to a new field of study and practice: knowledge management.
Knowledge management can be defined as the systematic, explicit and deliberate acquisition, storage and application of Organisational knowledge, aimed at maximizing Organisations’ return on knowledge assets. Managing knowledge is a difficult endeavour, because knowledge originates in the human mind and can be difficult to codify. Information technology (e.g. corporate Facebooks, wikis, online forums) can support knowledge management initiatives in Organisations, but these systems are not without limitations. Hence, this course is concerned with a very fundamental question: “How can we manage knowledge?” This question is addressed using academic and business press readings and a diverse set of company cases.
Literature
Electronic Reader
Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Teaching methods PBL / Presentation / Lecture
Assessment methods Participation / Written Exam
Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
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