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Type: Journal article
Title: Concept maps: A technique for assessing knowledge manager learning needs
Author: Martin, N.
Rice, J.
Citation: Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 2009; 7(2):152-161
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 1477-8238
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Nigel Martin and John Rice
Abstract: This paper discusses an exploratory investigation of the role of concept mapping techniques for assessing knowledge manager learning needs and developing knowledge management (KM) training programs and courses. The research data were collected using seven concept map templates completed by 13 KM students during a 15-week higher education course. The study found that concept maps can provide a useful real-time feedback mechanism for knowledge managers undergoing structured learning, while enabling instructors to determine what KM practitioners require from their training and education. Additionally, the research showed that knowledge managers require a balance of foundational KM principles, concepts and methods coupled with examples of real-world implementations, tools and measures. The results also identify concept maps as a valuable research and evaluation technique for individuals engaged in the practice and process of training knowledge managers.
Keywords: concept mapping
knowledge management
DOI: 10.1057/kmrp.2009.8
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