A main implication of the knowledge economy is that the only way to prosperity is to make learning and knowledge creation of prime relevance. Issues of knowledge creation, use and transfer and innovation competencies building have moved to the forefront of attention in corporate competitive strategy and in economic, social and industrial policy as well. Competing worldwide demands individual and organisational creativity, high level skills and capabilities and adaptive and innovative learning organisations and institutions. To keep abreast of the volatile and changing environment organisations, countries and regions need to develop a better understanding of how knowledge and intellectual capital deliver effective business processes and high value goods and services. In particular, they have to develop awareness of and mechanisms to manage the risks that are inherent to this new context and improved methods to link IC and KM to the firmís future streams of cash flows and GDP growth.
ECKM 2009 provides an opportunity for academics and practitioners from Europe and elsewhere who are involved in the study; management, development and implementation of knowledge management initiatives to come together and exchange ideas.
3-4 September 2009, University of Padua, Vicenza, Italy
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