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Can knowledge management save regional development?

Mason, Cecily, Castleman, Tanya and Parker, Craig 2005, Can knowledge management save regional development?, in Proceedings of the CRIC Cluster Conference : Beyond clusters: Current Practices & Future Strategies Conference Proceedings, University of Ballarat, Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness, Ballarat, Vic., pp. 1-15.

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Title Can knowledge management save regional development?
Author(s) Mason, Cecily
Castleman, Tanya
Parker, Craig
Conference name CRIC cluster conference (2005 : Ballarat, Victoria)
Conference location Ballarat , Victoria
Conference dates 30 June- 1 July 2005
Title of proceedings Proceedings of the CRIC Cluster Conference : Beyond clusters: Current Practices & Future Strategies Conference Proceedings
Editor(s) Lowe, Julian
Publication date 2005
Conference series Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness Cluster Conference
Start page 1
End page 15
Publisher University of Ballarat, Centre for Regional Innovation and Competitiveness
Place of publication Ballarat, Vic.
Keyword(s) regional development
virtual communities of practice (VCOPS)
small and medium enterprises (SMEs)
value creation
Summary Australia needs to create innovative regions to sustain economic prosperity and regional development. In order to do this, regions will need to systematically address their knowledge needs and identify tools that are appropriate in maximising their effectiveness. Many initiatives have focused on information and communication technology (ICT) to enable knowledge exchange and stimulate knowledge generation, but active knowledge management (KM) strategies are required if ICTs are to be used effectively. These strategies must respond to the regional economic and social environments which incorporate small and medium enterprises (SMEs). This paper outlines the importance of KM for supporting regional cluster development and the key ways in which communities of practice (CoPs), a KM technique, have been used to add value in similar contexts. How CoPs and their online counterpart, virtual communities of practice (VCoPs), can be used and developed in regional areas of Australia is considered along with a program for further research.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 187685121X
9781876851217
Language eng
Field of Research 150314 Small Business Management
Socio Economic Objective 910499 Management and Productivity not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2009, University of Ballarat (CRIC)
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