TitleA topological approach to knowledge management and development in a company
Publication Type04. Conference Papers
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsAmmann, E., & Fritzsche A.
Conference Namethe Knowledge and Information Management Conference KIM 2013

Most approaches to knowledge or intellectual capital management divide the knowledge of a company into different disjoint categories (e.g. individual knowledge, organizational knowledge, and relational knowledge). However, these categories are mutually codependent. There is no organizational knowledge without individual knowledge. This leads to an understanding of knowledge categories as only different perspectives of the whole body of knowledge in a company. A formal representation of this idea can be based on the mathematical concept of topologies. We introduce a utility topology, which groups knowledge assets according to their combined usefulness in the company. In addition, topologies reflecting the knowledge categories are introduced such as a human capital. The utility topology can be used as a development target for the single category topologies. In other words, by defining useful groups of knowledge assets it leads to topology transformations in the category topologies to have these knowledge groups be reflected there.