The Design and the Use of Knowledge Management System as a Boundary Object

  • Dejen AlemuEmail author
  • Murray E. Jennex
  • Temtem Assefa
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering book series (LNICST, volume 244)


Agricultural knowledge management system (KMS) involves various members coming from different social groups who possess their own knowledge which need to be combined in the system development. However, the current development of the technology ignored the indigenous knowledge of the local communities. The multi-methodological approach to KMS research in action research perspective was employed to understand the design and use of KMS for knowledge integration. Primary qualitative data were acquired through semi-structured interviews and observations. The research shall have theoretical contribution in addressing the incorporation of variety of knowledge in agriculture and practical implication to provide management understanding in developing strategies for the potential of a shared KMS as a boundary object for knowledge integration to support marginalized smallholder farmers.


Agriculture Knowledge System development Farmers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information SystemsAddis Ababa UniversityAddis AbabaEthiopia
  2. 2.Management of Information SystemsSan Diego State UniversitySan DiegoUSA

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