Larry Prusak, an engaging polymath who knows plenty about KM's origins and history, and had a hand in introducing it to the wider world, argued its history and rapid development could be attributed to three trends: globalization, ubiquitous computing, and the attention to the knowledge-centric view of the firm (Prusak 2001). Hence KM's most obvious feature - it is multi-faceted, many-sourced, and several-languaged and not yet a coherent academic field with an established body of ideas, methods, and target phenomena.

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Spender, John-Christopher

Knowledge Management: Origins, history, and development

2014
Larry Prusak, an engaging polymath who knows plenty about KM's origins and history, and had a hand in introducing it to the wider world, argued its history and rapid development could be attributed to three trends: globalization, ubiquitous computing, and the attention to the knowledge-centric view of the firm (Prusak 2001). Hence KM's most obvious feature - it is multi-faceted, many-sourced, and several-languaged and not yet a coherent academic field with an established body of ideas, methods, and target phenomena.
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Knowledge Management: Origins, history, and development
Spender, John-Christopher
In Advances in Knowledge Management: Celebrating twenty years of research and practice
Berln (Germany): Springer, 2014
p. 3 - 24
Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning; ; n 1

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