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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Knowledge Management

June 2015 | 168 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written in a lively, conversational style, Knowledge Management looks at the nature of knowledge, including its definition and measurement, before the main concepts and theoretical contributions to knowledge management are reviewed and challenged, providing fresh insights into the central debates.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students of Business and Management courses at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level and anyone interested in the concept of knowledge management.

Introduction: The Rise of Knowledge Management
Chapter 1: Situating Knowledge Management
Chapter 2: Knowledge Management?
Chapter 3: Knowledge Acquisition, Retention and Transfer
Chapter 4: Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation
Chapter 5: Ignorance, Forgetting and Unlearning
Conclusion: Looking Forward

A masterly short book that offers in-depth and critical explanations on the key principles of Knowledge Management, written by an author with deep knowledge of her subject. The chapter on ignorance is worth the price alone and should be read by all practicing decision makers.

Ted Fuller
Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Foresight and Editor of Futures Journal, University of Lincoln, UK.

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Knowledge Management is a lucid, thoughtful and engaging book that competently covers a range of topical issues associated with knowledge management and its complexity. Joanne Roberts does an excellent job in offering an accessible must-read for university students who seek to develop their understanding of the field. The book is of real value also to academics who enjoy an original and truly interesting read.

Snejina Michailova
Professor of International Business, The University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand

This short book is a real tour de force. In a few pages, Professor Roberts not only exposes and analyses the essential of knowledge management, but she invites us to discover the other side of knowledge, ignorance and the unknown, and their impact on management. The reader is being offered a unique and outstanding guidance through the different aspects of knowledge management.  In particular, the book convincingly explains how knowledge management differs from, and is related to the concepts of information management, organizational learning, innovation management and creativity management.

Patrick Cohendet
Professor of International Business, HEC Montréal, Québec

I have recently read "A Very Short, Fairly Interesting Book About KM" and I greatly admired it. I have always believed that the vast multi-faceted KM domain needs efforts that provide a succinct overview of the field to guide practitioners and new researchers and [this] book does exactly that.

Mohamed AF Ragab
Researcher, College of Business, Dublin Institute of Technology

I really enjoyed reading this little book on knowledge management. I wish I had read it at the start on my PhD before diving into the 'deep end' of the knowledge literature. Having come from a clinical science background it was great to have it explained simply! I’ve already recommended it to a colleague.

Amy Grove
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School

Roberts does well throughout to present a thorough yet fast-paced account of the field of knowledge management and her book is one that is well-placed as a potential resource to scholars coming to knowledge management for the first time as much as it is to undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Thomas Swann
Management Learning

As a second year doctoral student in the KM field, I was blown away by the depth and resonance of your work, I really think the title is misplaced, as you have managed (somehow) to pack in all the relevance of the KM field into one volume.  It should be titled "everything there is to know about KM!"

Paul Mc Evoy
Dublin Institute of Technology

Primarily written for college students, these works are not intended to be used as textbooks but rather as short, introductory monographs. Roberts (Univ. of Southampton, UK) has an extensive publication record in knowledge and learning in organizations. Her purpose in writing this book is "to take a critical view of knowledge management” and to challenge the standard perspectives on the nature and future of knowledge management. This approach provides an alternative to the ones used by typical management textbooks... [The book is] is recommended for its clarity and brevity in discussing a complex and contemporary area of study.

L. Kong, California State University, San Bernardino

While the book engages seriously with the intellectual ideas and concepts discussed, it is written in an accessible style, which I think students would find appealing, and which makes the book accessible to anyone not familiar with the topic of knowledge management.

Donald Hislop

I've always been a fan of the 'A very short, fairly interesting and reasonably cheap book' series because they are not afraid to, at the very least, dabble with more critical perspectives on the topic they focus on. The one on knowledge management from Joanne Roberts is no different. It strikes a fine balance between orthodox accounts of knowledge management and some more critically-inclined insights, including those derived from practice-based studies of organisational knowledge and learning. This is impressive given that the unique vocabulary of practice theorising can put some readers off. However, Joanne Roberts succeeds in conveying key insights from it in an easily understandable manner.

Dr Wojciech Kwiatkowski
School of Business and Creative Industries, University of the West of Scotland
February 21, 2023

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