Research Group Information Management
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Knowledge Management and Information Technology

WiSe 2014/15

Module: Spezielle Themen der Angewandten Informatik

VAK: 03-ME-899.99b

Date: Tuesday 14.00-16.00

Room: MZH 1460

CP: 4

The seminar will be conducted in English.


The aim of the seminar is to encourage students to appreciate the complex nature of Knowledge Management and develop a critical understanding of the notions of knowledge, knowledge sharing and management. In order to do so students will be asked to apply theoretical perspectives to real world cases to examine and jointly discuss what Knowledge Management and Information Technologies can and cannot do.

After following this seminar students should be able to:
• appreciate the history and development of Knowledge Management and develop an understanding of some of the key themes that have arisen;
• develop, understand and evaluate many of the opportunities and limitations that arise from the use of information systems for managing knowledge in and across organisations;
• have gained familiarity with a particular area of Knowledge Management through the application of theoretical concepts on a specific case study;
• develop group competencies and an interest in team working;
• synthesise the different elements of understanding in a verbal presentation and in an essay.


Seminar introduction:
There exists a multitude of ideas and practices that may be subsumed under the heading of Knowledge Management (KM). The aim of the seminar is to discuss different approaches and concepts of knowledge and develop an understanding and appreciation of the rise of Knowledge Management and its relation to ICTs. Through lectures and student-led presentations intends the seminar to demonstrate that Knowledge Management is much more than an assemblage of (ever changing) technological tools that allow more people to collaborate in a faster and more pervasive fashion. Rather Knowledge Management is complex, and very often defined by social and organisational factors. Based on real life case studies will we explore how issues such as location, work practices, political or normative issues, and workarounds are instrinsinc to knowledge sharing and management activities.

Confirmed external speakers:
• Stefan Domankse, IT Manager County Council of Lüneburg, Germany
• Evangelos Argyzoudis, Senior Consultant at INTRASOFT International S.A., Athens, Greece about ENGAGE (
• Barbara Aronson, World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland about HINARI (

Teaching methods:
Teaching will be done through lectures (first part of the seminar) and student-led presentations (second part of the seminar). Part of the lectures will be held by external speakers. Students will be required to read academic papers and practitioner case studies in English.

Students will be assessed based on active seminar participation, their group presentation and a reflective group essay.


Dr. Juliane Jarke