Organizational memory versus a possible "Unplugged IT": Case research from a textile commodity chain

Jose Manuel Cardenas Medina, Villanueva Llapa Ana, Mauro Spinola

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Abstract

Nowadays information technology is used for storage of information generated around organizations, but in a dyadic view, it is also considered to be a support tool for knowledge transfer activities and a facilitator when knowledge diffusion is necessary. All this is comprised in a conceptual organizational memory that includes a human component whose behavior is the key to success in enhancing this memory creation process. Nevertheless, within the organizations, relationships create learning per se, but it is so difficult to understand how the process happens. Thus, the difficulty to explain: a) the manner of management of memories embedded into people's minds, and b) the capability to link themselves with other factors. This paper shows a case research about governance through a Peruvian textile commodity chain, trying to explain a strategic behavior in keeping governance within an environment called "unplugged IT" where the most important knowledge is about what the technology cannot do. The discovery includes new insights with regard to our perception about information technology as a knowledge management tool and describes the existence of knowledge flows from the eventuality of being unsupported by it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPICMET 2009 - 2009 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology - Proceedings
Pages3190-3196
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventPICMET 2009 - 2009 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20096 Aug 2009

Publication series

NamePICMET: Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology, Proceedings

Conference

ConferencePICMET 2009 - 2009 Portland International Conference on Management of Engineering and Technology
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period2/08/096/08/09

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