- Academic Papers
- Case Studies
- Work in-Progress Papers
- Round Table Discussion Proposals
- PhD Papers
- Non- Academic or Practitioner Contributions
Innovation and Knowledge Management in Society
This year’s conference explores how knowledge management (KM) can reach beyond organisational boundaries to help solve the ‘wicked’ problems facing society today. According to the United Nations, “eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development”. However, KM mainly focuses on solving ‘tame’ organisational problems, rather than addressing “wicked” social problems. Arguably, KM was not designed to solve wicked problems. Therefore, a rethinking of KM is needed to ensure that we do not continue to improve organisational performance that enriches companies at the expense of society.
For example, the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of China is a precinct that proposes to bring together Hong Kong, Macao, and nine municipalities in the Guangdong Province. Once fully implemented, the area will boast a combined population of 71 million people over 56,000 square kilometres with a GDP of over US$1.6 trillion. The GBA is rapidly becoming a megacity within China. Set to be a new Tokyo or San Francisco Bay, by 2035 the Chinese government aims to transform the GBA region into a megacity cluster and global economic powerhouse driven by innovation, science, and high technology. In the past couple of decades, urbanisation has seen China transform from a country whose people mainly lived off the land to one that is now home to the world’s largest number of city dwellers. The population of the GBA outnumbers the entire UK, is twice that of Canada, and three times that of Australia.
Megacities will require more energy, land, services, industry, transport, buildings, food, and water. And they will generate enormous amounts of waste and carbon emissions because of their growing population and economy. Therefore, we have the grand challenge of understanding how knowledge can be harnessed and managed for the benefits of the inhabitants of megacities and wider society. Therefore, there is an urgent need for government, business, and academics to work together within knowledge networks to understand the unintended consequences if plans and actions are not undertaken systematically, especially on the scale we are talking about in Megacities like the Greater Bay Area
The proposed shift now is one of understanding KM from multiple perspectives: internal, regional, national, and societal. The topics that fall under a discussion of KM IC and megacities now include ageing, health and safety, customer safety, and pollution. A full understanding will require that we must advance KM research beyond KM within organisations and developing new Communities of Practice that extend beyond organisational boundaries that include a multitude of relevant stakeholders for both internal management purposes and external accountability. Therefore, topics such as smart cities, collective social knowledge and the circular economy become relevant to KM research.
This international conference, started in 2004 (KMAP), has now been renamed as “International Conference on Innovation and Knowledge Management in Asia Pacific (IKMAP)” to include the important element of “innovation management”. The conference has been held in different cities before including Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Kobe of Japan, Wellington of New Zealand as well as Guangzhou, Xian and Shanghai of China.
- smart cities
- collective social knowledge
- circular economy become relevant to KM research
- Intellectual Capital
- Communities of practice beyond organisational boundaries
- Knowledge networks for megacities
- Innovation management
Please click here to submit an abstract
- Changing Nature of Knowledge Work with Disrupting Technologies
|Abstract submission deadline||13 May 2020|
|Notification of abstract acceptance||22 May 2020|
|Full paper due for review||2 July 2020|
|Notification of paper acceptance (with any requested changes)||10 September 2020|
|Earlybird registration closes||24 September 2020|
|Final paper due (with any changes)||8 October 2020|
|Final Author registration date||29 October 2020|