Organizational learning and knowledge management

Organizational learning and knowledge management

  • Study programme and level:The joint doctoral study programme Governance and Economics in the Public Sector (third cycle)
  • 2nd year
  • 5 ECTS
  • Course type: Core course
  • Lectures: 20
  • Seminar: 20
  • Other forms of study: 20
  • Individual work:  90
  • Lecturer: Janez Stare, PhD

1. Objectives and competences

Student:

  • discusses the theoretical and practical aspects of organizational learning and knowledge management,
  • assess methods and techniques of organizational learning,
  • develop and justify a model of knowledge management,
  • analyzing and evaluating models of knowledge management,
  • assess the characteristics of knowledge organization.

Competencies:

  • ability to exam of theoretical and practical aspects of organizational learning and knowledge management,
  • ability to use appropriate methods and techniques of organizational learning,
  • ability to understand complex issues, problems, concepts and content of organizational learning and knowledge management,
  • ability to ensure continuous improvement of the organization, processes and products through knowledge management,
  • ability to research and problem solving in designated areas in public administration.

2. Content (Syllabus outline)

  • The importance of learning and knowledge
  • Organizational learning
  • The processes of knowledge management
  • Interaction of the organization and knowledge management
  • People and knowledge Management
  • Knowledge workers
  • Creative thinking
  • Intellectual capital
  • The systematic approach and knowledge management
  • Models of knowledge management
  • Learning organization
  • Knowledge organization

3.  Readings

  • Bach, V.: Business Knowledge Management in der Praxis : Prozessorientierte Loesungen zwischen Knowledge Portal und Kompetenzmanagement. Springer Verlag, 2000, ISBN 3-540-67497-7.
  • Nonaka, I.: The knowledge-creating company. Harvard Business Press, cop. 2008. ISBN 978-1-4221-7974-1.
  • McNabb, D. E.: Knowledge Management in the Public Sector: A Blueprint for Innovation in Government, M.E. Sharpe, 2006, ISBN 0765617277.
  • Prusak, L. (Editor),  Matson, E. (Editor): Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning: A Reader (Oxford Management Readers),  Oxford University Press, USA, ISBN 0-19-929180-2.
  • Senge, P. (1994). The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization. NY. Currency : Doubleday. ISBN: 0385260954.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Students will be able to autonomously cope with topics and concepts of organizational learning and knowledge management. They will know the developmental aspects and tendencies learning organization. They will gain the skills that allow them to use methods and techniques of knowledge management. Students will be able to independently form a system of knowledge management.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • Lecture.
  • Practical work.
  • Coursework.
  • (Group) presentation.
  • Case study.
  • E-learning.

6. Assessment

Active participation (lectures, e-learning, forum ...) - 30%
Presentation of seminar (course work, project work) - 30%
Written or oral exam - 40%