Knowledge Management and the Root Discipline: Learning potential & synergies


This workshop invites representatives of all root disciplines of knowledge management (KM) to emphasis the learning potential and synergies from the respective disciplinary perspective as well as to formulate the challenges in relation to the digital transformation for KM.
Some first ideas for questions tob e addressed by authors might be:

  • What does the loss of materiality in the digital workplace mean for the exchange of knowledge and experience?
  • What concept of knowledge is appropriate if digitization and big data are accompanied by a disappearance of materiality and direct knowledge exchange?
  • What can KM learn from the research in information science, e.g. information behavior?
  • What potential do the new developments in computer science, such as Artificial Intelligence, offer for the KM?
  • Are the classic barriers (such as lack of trust and motivation, cultural barriers) in the KM still valid in the digital world of work?
  • Which strategies of knowledge generation and knowledge transfer can be observed in the digital world of work? How are you implemented in the companies?
  • How is the "classic" KM changing in the digital transformation (processes, models, instruments, tools, applications)?
  • The digital corporate culture aims at self-organization and mutability. How can knowledge management support this?


Knowledge Management (WM) as a research field has its roots in numerous disciplines and fields of research - from philosophy, psychology to computer science and business administration, engineering and organizational sciences, sociology and information science, to name but a few. Today the KM field counts with around 25 peer-reviewed scientific journals and has become an established field of research.

Also the application of KM is relevant for all kinds of organisations, industries and activities. KM will continue to be relevant not only in the classical industries like automotive, aerospace and public administration, but also in international organizations, such as the World Bank or the Olympic Games, in international development and agriculture as well as health care and medicine.

Thus, there are innumerable starting points to improve our current understanding of knowledge management and ample space for joint research initiatives and studies within this multidisciplinary field of research. Here, this workshop intends to point out and discuss new research perspectives on the basis of relevant research and the background of the ongoing digital transformation.

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Program Committee

  • Prof. Markus Bick, ESCP Europe Business School Berlin
  • Dr. Manfred Bornemann, Vize-Präsident der GfWM
  • Prof. Rolf Däßler, FH Potsdam
  • Prof. Sabine Durst, University of Skövde, Schweden
  • Prof. Joachim Griesbaum, Universität Hildesheim
  • Prof. Peter Heisig, FH Potsdam
  • Prof. Hans-Christoph Hobohm, FH Potsdam
  • Dr. Olaf Katenkamp, Universität Bremen
  • Prof. Eva-Maria Kern, Universität der Bundeswehr, München
  • Prof. Antje Michel, FH Potsdam
  • Prof. Günther Neher, FH Potsdam
  • Prof. Klaus North, Hochschule Rhein-Main
  • Prof. Peter Pawlowsky, TU Chemnitz
  • Prof. Sabine Pfeiffer, Universität Nürnberg-Erlangen
  • Ulrich Schmidt, Continental AG, Hannover
  • Prof. Stefan Smolnik, Universität Hagen