OR Insight

, Volume 22, Issue 4, pp 221–233

Modelling personal knowledge management

  • Jo Smedley
Original Article


The management of knowledge demonstrates a substantial amount of literature focused at organisational level with the management of people and the development of their skills and knowledge often determining success or failure. However, with increased pace and the use of more informal approaches in workplace communication through modern technologies, success is often determined by the individual knowledge management (KM) of the employees themselves indirectly providing organisational benefits. This article proposes a model for this personal KM, relating traditional organisational KM theory to individual knowledge acquisition and management processes. The influences of peer and hierarchical communities to the personal KM process are also discussed.


personal knowledge management communities of practice explicit knowledge performance management reflective practice tacit knowledge 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jo Smedley
    • 1
  1. 1.Newport Business School, University of Wales, Newport, Allt-yr-yn CampusNewportUK

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