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Exploring support for knowledge management in mobile work

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Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands


This paper reports fieldwork from the electrical utilities industry, examining the suitability of current knowledge management perspectives to the day-to-day work of mobile staff Reporting the results of the empirical study, we make a distinction between four aspects of local and mobile "knowledge managemenf as it took place in the mobile work settingsharing, i.e., several parties exchange knowledge; indexing, i.e., one party explains to another what knowledge to retrieve; diagnosing, i.e., two parties make sense of how to interpret a situation, and; foreseeing, i.e , one party (or more) uses knowledge to project the future. We compare and contrast the empirical findings with current knowledge management perspectives, and outline an initial sketch of a framework for "practical knowledge management."


Fagrell, Henrik; Ljungberg, Fredrik; Kristoffersen, Steinar (1999): Exploring support for knowledge management in mobile work. ECSCW 1999: Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. DOI: 10.1007/0-306-47316-X_14. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. ISBN: 978-0-306-47316-6. pp. 259-275. Full Papers. Copenhagen, Denmark. 12–16 September 1999