May 15, 2012

CfBC: "Building A Competitive Public Sector with Knowledge Management Strategy"

Proposal Submission Deadline: June 30, 2012
Building competitive public sector with Knowledge Management Strategy
A book edited by Dr. Yousif Al-Bastaki and Amani Shajera
University of Bahrain

To be published by IGI Global:

Today, knowledge management has become an agenda issue in various academic and professional journals. It has become recognized as a significant source of competitive advantage by many authors. Although the study of knowledge is as old as human history, it has only been
recognized in the last two decade as a crucial factor of organizational success. Knowledge management (KM) has gained much attention from both academics and practitioners; however, KM as a discipline is still in its infancy, especially in the public sector. Unfortunately, the public sector organizations that use KM practices without thorough knowledge and awareness of them will not reap their true and full benefits. Therefore, it is vital for an organization to understand the concept of KM and to align its KM strategy with the organization’ s strategy when starting a KM initiative, in order for it to succeed. Knowledge is continuously generated throughout an
organization. To be successful and remain competitive, organizations must ensure that knowledge is managed in the most effective manner. To achieve that, the proposed publication will cover and explore the different concepts, factors, strategies and practices that lead to the most effective and efficient way of utilizing, managing and sustaining knowledge management in public sector organizations as this will improve organizational learning and performance excellence.

Objective of the Book

The primary objective of the proposed book is to create an integrated and coherent book of knowledge management which will add value to the current research (by focusing on the remaining gaps), and which will contribute to a better understanding of the factors that influence
successful knowledge management in organizations, specifically in the public sector.

This publication will play a significant role in addressing the key issues, challenges and opportunities of knowledge management by increase its awareness in the public sector in a systematic and holistic way for both individuals and organizations. It will also provide a clear direction for the effective implementation of knowledge management initiatives/ programmes for improving organizational learning and performance excellence.

Moreover, it will form a new paradigm of KM in public administrations and will encourage the public sector to take a proactive attitude toward KM, to actually make it happen; thus resulting in a better decision-making capability which will support organizations in their journey towards becoming a knowledge organization. Hence, publishing this book will be of interest to researchers, academics, students and practitioners of KM, while also being of significance to everyone in the public sector.

Target Audience
The prospective audience for this book will be researchers, academics and practitioners from the following fields of research: knowledge management, excellence, total quality management, public
administration, information technology and human resource management and organizational behaviour.

This book aims to increase KM awareness in the public sector by providing a clear direction for the effective implementation of KM programs which would improve organizational learning and performance excellence. In this sense, the intended audience will include government officials at various levels, chief knowledge officers (CKOs), managers and any policy makers that are already working in the public sector, or for those considering working in this field.

There has been increased attention toward public administration degrees at universities and public administration institutes around the world. The number of students studying these disciplines/ degrees is also increasing; hence, this book will be very useful as an academic source for students completing these areas of study.

Knowledge management system designers and developers would benefit from reading such a book as they would gain an understanding of the different KM elements that are needed for developing effective and efficient knowledge management systems.

The book will also be of value to a wider audience of readers who are interested in understanding KM, including public sector employees and anyone from other sectors that are interested in learning about knowledge management and the initiation of KM programs.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to the following:
- Introduction to knowledge management.
- The radical government shift to a knowledge based economy “knowledge organizations” .
- Critical analysis of the public sector’s knowledge management frameworks/models.
- Critical success factor of knowledge management: Testing the validity of the CSFs in the public sector.
- Knowledge management and IT infrastructure in the public sector.
- Leadership in knowledge management in the public sector.
- Toward a new paradigm in developing knowledge management strategies in the public sector.
- Building a supportive culture/structure for sustained knowledge management in the public sector.
- Human resource management as an essential part of knowledge management in the public sector.
- Change management strategies for successful knowledge management initiatives in the public sector.
- Knowledge management as the driving force to organizational learning and innovation in the public sector.
- Measuring the impact of knowledge management initiatives in the public sector.
- Investigating the influence of knowledge management on organizational excellence in the public sector.
- Benchmarking of knowledge management activities in the public sector.
- Building communities of practice and building knowledge networks in the public sector.
- Knowledge management case studies and best practices in the public sector.

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 1st, 2012, a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by August 1st, 2012 about the status of
their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by October 30, 2012. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This book is anticipated to be released in 2013.

Important Dates
June 30, 2012: Proposal Submission Deadline
August 1st, 2012: Notification of Acceptance
October 30, 2012: Full Chapter Submission
January 15, 2012: Review Results Returned
March 15, 2013: Final Chapter Submission
April 15, 2013: Submission of Manuscript to IGI Global

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:

Dr. Yousif Al-Bastaki
V.P for Information Technology, Administration and Finance
University of Bahrain
Bahrain, P.O.Box 32038
Tel.: +973 17438008 • Fax: +973 17449666 •Mobile: 973 39608082

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