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Leading knowledge management in knowledge intensive organisations

Special issue call for papers from Journal of Knowledge Management

Leading knowledge management

1.    The guest editors

This special issue will be guest edited by:

Carla Millar, Fellow, Ashridge and Professor, International Marketing & Management, University of Twente, Martin Lockett, Dean of Academic Development, Ashridge Business School and John Mahon, John M. Murphy Chair of International Business Policy & Strategy and Professor of Management, University of Maine

2. What is the special issue about?

The topic of this Special Issue is overdue for more attention; to date research on leadership and knowledge management in such organisations has not kept pace with research on management of knowledge in manufacturing organisations. KIS organisations face a number of new developments in their competitive environment including a global shortage of talent (Schuler et al., 2011), information technologies that are reshaping the competitive landscape in KIS (Federoff, 2012), the development of new business models such as offshoring of knowledge-intensive services (Lewin et al, 2009) and global open innovation models (Chesbrough, 2010), all strongly affecting knowledge management, offering opportunity and barriers to innovation.

3. Specific topics we invite you to provide submissions on:

We invite submissions on both conceptual and empirical papers offering new insights into the following topics:

  • The interaction of (information) technology, knowledge management techniques and KIS leadership in a global KIS context
  • Measurement and objectivity of performance assessment for KIS workers, e.g. linked to tacit knowledge and intangibility
  • The autonomy of KIS workers vs organisational deliverables
  • Supervising and intelligent monitoring functions in KIS
  • Knowledge worker diversity and KM
  • Leadership and KM
  • Inter-organisational knowledge networks and sharing
  • Managing knowledge corruption and obsolescence
  • Creativity and KM - complementary or divergent?
  • Project/ programme/ change management and KM
  • KM and organisational learning
  • KM and staff development/ maintaining currency of skills
  • Education for knowledge intensive functions, and challenges for management development in KIS
  • Challenges for ensuring continuing development and updating of established knowledge workers in KIS organisations
  • Developing, cultivating and maintaining fundamental qualifications and “expert”ise
  • Talent, creativity, innovation, tacit knowledge as sources of competitive advantage
  • Knowledge Cities

4. Proposed schedule:

  • Submission deadline: November 15, 2015
  • Papers reviewed: February 28, 2016
  • Revised papers reviewed and accepted: April 30, 2016
  • Final versions of accepted papers delivered: June 30, 2016
  • All manuscripts will be double-blind reviewed
  • Please read the publication style guidelines before submitting your paper
  • Go here to register/or log on to submit your paper to ScholarOne
  • If you have any question about the special issue or your intended submission, please contact Carla Millar the Key guest editor.

5. Further guidance on submission for this special issue

Deadlines and review process

Submissions of original full papers, advanced work in progress and policy papers should include contributions based on robust empirical investigation(s), with solid theoretical underpinnings within any of the specific domains, and where possible building on a comprehensive body of literature, setting the agenda for future research. All proposals will be reviewed by members of the editorial board and judged according to quality of the likely contributions as well as their ability to enhance JKM’s reputation.

Ashridge International Research Conference AIRC4

Try and join the AIRC4 conference, linked to this Special issue, which has a programme of interactive sessions in which distinguished keynote speakers, e.g. Professor Juani Swart, Professor John Mahon, Laurent Choain of Mazar’s and Dame Fiona Woolf, the former Lord Mayor of London, will present and discuss their views, academics from around the world will share their latest research, and practitioners will discuss their challenges and experiences. This conference presents your opportunity to network with people in the know. AIRC4, is to be held at Ashridge Business School 2pm June 12th – 2pm June 14th 2015, on the topic of Leadership, Management, Innovation in Professional & Knowledge Intensive Organisations:  People and process challenges in the global knowledge economy; for registration and further information see

6. More information about the subject of the special issue

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