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Knowledge Management

Best Practices in Europe

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  • © 2001


  • Comprehensive overview
  • Basic methodological articles
  • 11 case studies from large to small companies from different sectors with hands-on experience

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By Robert C. Camp, PhD, PE Chairman Global Benchmarking Network (GBN), Best Practice Institute™, Rochester, NY, USA The perception, sharing, and adoption of best practices is mostly attributed to the activity called benchmarking. Obtaining maximum value from best practices is usually attributed to knowledge management. One is an extension of the other. Knowledge management can be looked upon as the management of knowledge about best practices whether in the mind as human capital or as intellectual assets or property. Most organizations now recognize the absolute imperative for the identification and collection of best practices through benchmarking. It can be a strategic strength when practiced and a fatal weakness if not pursued. But there is a serious disconnection in the exchange and adoption process. Despite significant advances in the approaches and technology that pursue improvement (six sigma, process redesign, customer relationship management, etc.), organizations continue to experience great difficulty in successfully transferring leading practices. Some would say these are exemplary, proven, observed, or promising, but, in the final analysis, they are best practices -with the objective of becoming world class. More insight is needed into how leading, or best practices are transferred and adopted - said differently, best practices for knowledge transfer or knowledge management.

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Table of contents (17 chapters)

  1. Introduction

  2. Design Fields

  3. Survey

Editors and Affiliations

  • Fraunhofer Institute, Production Systems and Design Technology (IPK), Berlin, Germany

    Kai Mertins, Peter Heisig, Jens Vorbeck

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Knowledge Management

  • Book Subtitle: Best Practices in Europe

  • Editors: Kai Mertins, Peter Heisig, Jens Vorbeck

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2001

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-662-04466-7Published: 14 March 2013

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXII, 265

  • Topics: Management, Innovation/Technology Management

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