The Importance of Organizational Knowledge: An Exploration of Knowledge Management in the Trenches

This book aims to discuss the importance of organizational knowledge in the context of several knowledge management-system implementations at two high-technology medical device organizations. This research will be useful for academics, as it will provide a rigorous study at firm-level that may produce future discussion and exploration. The study will be useful for practitioners, as it will provide first-hand accounts of key knowledge management-system implementations and the challenges these organizations faced.

The literature highlights the shortcomings of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in dealing with knowledge indicators at firm level. In addition, a combination of knowledge management frameworks are used to build a new way of approaching organizations. The research design uses an interpretivist theoretical perspective in dealing with the exploratory themes of the book.

This research will make important contributions by addressing the need for knowledge-indicator exploration that deals specifically with knowledge at the organizational level. Knowledge indicators in the past have proven too broad in scope and methods have proven unsuccessful in trying to understand the complex activities that make up an organization’s knowledge base. This book attempts to understand these indicators in a more in-depth way. Furthermore, it is imperative that firms in the high-technology sector encourage knowledge indicator exploration because it is an important part of understanding the fabric of the modern organization.

Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change

This book is a unique contribution to the subject of social responsibility and change management. Rahim, Berg, Neal and Richards build on their vast and diverse experience and expertise to translate academic concepts of social responsibility, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and change management into a practical roadmap for students as well as managers, executives, and business leaders. Foundations of Social Responsibility and Its Application to Change is an overview of contemporary aspects of change management and social responsibility such as tragedy of the commons, triple bottom line, and scale-free networks with ecological, social, and business systems. The authors introduce the readers to the topic of sustainability and describe the foundation of the subject, as well as theory, concepts, and principles. The authors also provide various case examples and perspectives on the triple bottom line, scale-free networks, and social and business systems. They deliver to the reader a blueprint for developing a change management strategy for fostering a socially responsible environment. The combination of the authors’ professional experiences, diverse perspectives, and education adds a refreshing twist to a core topic, which challenges the reader to rethink her or his understanding of what it takes to create a successful social responsibility culture. It also challenges the reader to rethink how leaders can affect positive change within their organization and community. This book is a must read for organizational leaders as well as managers and students interested in fostering a positive social responsibility culture in their company or community.

Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders

Leading through Diversity: Transforming Managers into Effective Leaders is a unique contribution to the complex subject of leadership. Dr. Ayad and Dr. Rahim build on their vast and diverse experience to translate academic concepts of leadership into a practical roadmap for students as well as managers, executives, and business leaders. This book is an overview of contemporary aspects of leadership such as change management, diversity, and servant leadership that goes beyond philosophical arguments to "applied management" and "leadership-in-action".

Dr. Ayad narrates chapters of his own succesful journey of working with leaders who were able to turnaround organizations and deliver profits and shares amazing stories, insights, and leadership success secrets. Dr. Rahim, a survivor of the Killing Fields in Cambodia, brings a unique perspective to the topic of leadership from a servitude point of view. His work as a social entrepreneur, nonprofit executive, public servant and management consultant helps to diversify the leadership conversation and brings social responsibility to the forefront. The combination of Ayad's and Rahim's professional experiences and education adds a refreshing twist to a core topic that makes you want to rethink your understanding of what makes a leader and how leadership should be developed in the new millennium.