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Knowledge Management in Transport

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Knowledge Management

Knowledge Management in Transport

What is the special issue about?

Guest edited by Alexeis Garcia-Perez, Coventry University (UK) and Denise A. D. Bedford , Goodyear Professor; Kent State University (USA), this special issue analyses the different applications of knowledge management strategies and tools in research and practice within the transport sector. Regional, national and international experiences related to all transport modes and their integration are relevant. It will address these fundamental questions:

  • How knowledge management supports the processes of developing sustainable, integrated transport strategies and technologies.
  • How knowledge management increases opportunities for the diferent stakeholders within the transport industry.
  • How knowledge management improves transport policy dialogue. 

Specific topics we invite you to provide submissions on:

Conceptual, case-based, or empirical papers offering new insights into the international context of:

  • Management of scientific information and knowledge in transport (regional, national and international perspectives).
  • Knowledge Management practices in the Transport sector.
  • Mechanisms of Knowledge Management from the point of view of transport policy-makers.
  • Knowledge transfer from transport researchers to policy-makers.
  • Knowledge Management as a tool to facilitate dialogue with the public sector and with other disciplines and industries (regional, national and international perspectives).

Proposed schedule

Submission deadline: September 1, 2014
Papers reviewed: December 1, 2014
Revised papers reviewed and accepted: March 1, 2015
Final versions of accepted papers delivered: May 1, 2015

Further guidance on submission

  • Please read the publication style guidelines before submitting your paper.
  • Go here to register/or log on to submit your paper to ScholarOne
  • Papers should be 7,000 to 10,000 words in length and not published previously in any other journal (print or electronic format)
  • If you have any questions about the special issue or your intended submission please contact the guest editors above.

More information about the subject of the special issue

Knowledge management is today an established discipline, with a significant theoretical and practical impact on a wide range of domains (Serenko and Bontis, 2013).  Knowledge management principles, practices and tools help organisations capture, share and reuse the collective expertise of their workforce.  In doing so, organisations can continuously improve the skills and capabilities of their employees which, in turn, support operating efficiency, productivity and innovation.

Despite the richness of ideas and innovations that have emerged under the rubric of knowledge management (Dalkir, 2011), there is no universal approach to the way organisations can use knowledge to create value.  This is particularly true for organisations in sectors where radical innovation is underway or expected to take place within the near future as in the case of transport.   Paradoxically, transport-related organisations are often affected by a significant turnover of employees due to retirements and other circumstances which continuously make large amounts of critical knowledge walk out the door (Cronin et al., 2013).     Additionally, an increasingly digital context places new demands for innovative knowledge management actions in the transport domain, as a wide range of electronic information keep blurring the boundaries between the physical domains of the transport network.

Knowledge management can help the transport sector better understand the needs of its clients and partners, the interfaces between transport and poverty, economic growth, public administration, health, education and other sectors, as well as disseminate best practices and highlight specific features to passengers, staff and communities.

More about the guest editors

  • Alexeis Garcia-Perez is a Lecturer at Coventry University (UK).   He holds a PhD in Knowledge Management from Cranfield University in the UK.  Alexeis leads different modules on Knowledge Management and Business Information Systems.  His research interests are: knowledge elicitation from experts, knowledge representation schemes, information architectures and knowledge management strategies within large organisations. Alexeis has led KM research in transport-related organisations such as the British Railway Industry, the UK Ministry of Defence, Siemens and General Electric.
  • Denise A. D. Bedford teaches and is responsible for the renewal of the knowledge management curriculum at Kent State University. Her research interests include semantic analysis methods and technologies (automatic metadata generation, categorization, indexing and summarization, ontology development), information vs. knowledge architectures, multlingual architectures and automated translation technologies, search architectures and functionality, and the use of semantic analysis tools to characterize knowledge transfer.