History of Knowledge Management

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History of Knowledge Management
ME Effendi, Student (MBA), Malaysia

I found that other models and concepts came after SECI model. Referring to history,
- "Since 1975, the knowledge management (KM) related developments have been the emerging subject in organizations" (Wigg, 1997).
- The momentum in knowledge management popularity came after Harvard Business Review published the first article by Nonaka, 1991 on “The Knowledge-creating Company”.
- In 1995, Oxford University Press published the book on “The Knowledge-creating Company – How Japanese companies create the dynamics of innovation” by Nonaka and Takeuchi.
- By 1997, numerous KM conferences were held in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa. Papers related to KM in journals and knowledge management-related books were published (Wigg, 1997).
- The SECI model was regarded as a dynamic model and was well received by the management practitioners (Rice and Rice, 2002).

Role of SECI Model in Knowledge Management History
keivn davies, Project Manager, United Kingdom
Unfortunately this model has now been severely criticised by academics. You miss the main principle of SECI is knowledge generation (ba) and the fact that the model seems only to be effective in certain cultures.
However what it did do was to make the industry more aware of the need to develop some form of knowledge management. From that perspective it has been useful.
Although knowledge management and knowledge transfer has been around a lot longer than Nonaka and Takeuchi (ref Vygotsky).



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