Critically evaluate how HRM practices affect Knowledge Management processes. In your answer, you should consider an organisation you are familiar with and analyse the direct and indirect ways that HRM practices contribute to Knowledge Management
BUS5005 Managing Knowledge
As part of the formal assessment for the programme you are required to submit a Managing Knowledge report. Please refer to your Student Handbook for full details of the programme assessment scheme and general information on preparing and submitting assignments.
After completing the module, you should be able to:
1. Evaluate the key concepts and frameworks of knowledge and knowledge management.
2. Demonstrate the importance of knowledge management to business and society.
3. Contribute to the development of knowledge management programmes in businesses and not-for-profit organisations.
4. Evaluate knowledge management systems.
5. Show a clear understanding of ethical and professional issues raised by knowledge management.
Your assignment should include: a title page containing your student number, the module name, the submission deadline and a word count; the appendices if relevant; and a reference list in Arden University (AU) Harvard format. You should address all the elements of the assignment task listed below. Please note that tutors will use the assessment criteria set out below in assessing your work.
Question 1 Critically evaluate how HRM practices affect Knowledge Management processes. In your answer, you should consider an organisation you are familiar with and analyse the direct and indirect ways that HRM practices contribute to Knowledge Management
Question 2 “Culture does play an important role in the success of a knowledge management effort” (McDermott, O’Dell, 2001 p.78). Based on the statement, create a discussion about the impact of culture on Knowledge Management. In your analysis, you should provide the cultural characteristics of companies, (both profit and not-forprofit), that affect knowledge management practices.
Question 3 Critically discuss the importance of communities of practice on sharing knowledge and information. Consider an organisation you are familiar with and propose a strategy that would enable the development of a product through virtual communities of practice. Ensure you include consideration of the ethical and professional issues raised by such strategic policies.
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