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Can knowledge management save regional development?

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posted on 2005-01-01, 00:00 authored by Cecily Mason, Tanya Castleman, Craig Parker
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.

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1 - 15

Location

Ballarat , Victoria

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  • Yes

Start date

2005-06-30

End date

2005-07-01

ISBN-13

9781876851217

ISBN-10

187685121X

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed; E Conference publication

Copyright notice

2009, University of Ballarat (CRIC)

Editor/Contributor(s)

J Lowe

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