Knowledge Management or the Management of Knowledge?

  • Frank Land
Part of the Annals of Information Systems book series (AOIS, volume 4)


Knowledge Management has become in the past few decades an important branch of the wider discipline of Information Systems. Its importance is based on the observation that we live in a knowledge society and that knowledge has become a crucial component of a competitive organization. This essay argues that knowledge is a mark of civilization and has been discussed, disputed and managed in most spheres of human activity for all of history. The management of knowledge has been and is associated with control and power. Hence knowledge has been and is manipulated to achieve objectives beyond the ideal of truth. There is a dark side to the management of knowledge as exemplified by censorship, spin and propaganda. A study and understanding of the management of knowledge is needed if we want the discipline of knowledge management to be more than an idealistic rhetoric.

Knowledge is Power (Sir Francis Bacon, 1597)

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely (Lord Acton, 1949)


Intellectual Property Knowledge Management Tacit Knowledge Practical Knowledge Software Piracy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Information Systems and Innovation Group, Department of ManagementLondon School of EconomicsLondonUK

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