Knowledge Management Curriculum Development at the University of Economics in Katowice

Abstract: The aim of the article is to present the key assumptions related to the development of a new specialization, Knowledge Management in an Organization in the Economics Programme, at the University of Economics in Katowice (Poland). The fundamental reasons behind the launch of such a specialization, which would equip students with unique skills related to knowledge management and application of various IT (Information Technology) tools, are presented against the background of the knowledge paradigm and demands of the labour market. The theoretical deliberations concerning knowledge-based organizations were confronted with the results of the research conducted among 160 companies operating in the Silesian region in Poland. This area is a potential labour market for numerous graduates of the University of Economics in Katowice. The aim of the research was to diagnose competences (knowledge and experience) of various organizations in knowledge management and IT applications. The research was carried out by means of a standardized interview technique, using a survey questionnaire. The findings were used to define the objectives of the specialization Knowledge Management in an Organization, a future graduate’s profile and his/her main competences. The article presents the teaching curriculum and the aims of specific subjects, for Bachelor’s and Master’s degree studies.

This paper is addressed to those interested in the development of the specialization at their universities, as well as students, managers and potential employers. The research findings may also prove useful in the development of other specializations, related to knowledge-based economy and information society in broad terms.

Celina M. Olszak; Ewa Ziemba: Knowledge Management Curriculum Development: Linking with Real Business Needs. Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology, Volume 7, 2010: 235-248.

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