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Designing an interdisciplinary graduate program in knowledge management

Abstract: Designing an interdisciplinary graduate program in knowledge management requires a good understanding of knowledge processes and the ability to differentiate between information management and knowledge management. Given the complexity of knowledge and the nature of its existence, there is a need for graduate programs to go beyond information management and include in the curriculum disciplines that deal with social, cultural, and economic issues such as communication, cognitive science, and business. An understanding of the interdisciplinary nature of knowledge management is necessary for a more balanced and practical approach to the development of a knowledge management curriculum. In this article, the design and development of an interdisciplinary graduate program in knowledge management at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is reported. The initiation of the program was influenced by the strong demand from the public sector in Singapore for knowledge management professionals. It was developed in close association with the information studies program at Nanyang Technological University. In the first year, the program attracted 230 applicants, of which 45 were selected – 22 students came from the public sector and 23 students came from the private sector.

Suliman Al-Hawamdeh: Designing an interdisciplinary graduate program in knowledge management. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, Volume 56 Issue 11, Pages 1200 – 1206

© 2009 American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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Tags: Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), colleges and universities, curriculum development, graduate programs, information management, information science education, interdisciplinarity, John Wiley & Sons Inc, Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, knowledge management, knowledge management professionals, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), University of Oklahoma (OU)*

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