General Course Information for BKM400: Business Knowledge Mgmt Strat

Course: BKM400 - Business Knowledge Mgmt Strat
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Course Description:

In the quest for sustainable global competitive advantage companies have finally come to realize that technology alone is not what sustains knowledge. Knowledge lies in your company's people, processes, and experience. The student will learn the process of conducting knowledge audits, knowledge analysis, and how to fill any knowledge gaps found through exploration and exploitation. The ability to identify tacit and explicit knowledge assets within an organization is related to how to capture knowledge, how to transfer it, how to share it, and how to manage it. BKM 400 provides the student with practical guidance on linking knowledge management to business strategy rather than approaching KM from a technically biased perspective.

Course Learning Outcomes:
  • Discuss the need to align KM strategies with business strategies.
  • Identify and discuss knowledge mapping, and filling knowledge gaps.
  • Build a foundation of KM infrastructure that can evolve through results-driven, incremental steps.
  • Identify methods to mobilize your organization's subtle, "tacit" knowledge within a global enterprise.
  • Articulate how business information systems process data into information through the use of tools such as data warehousing, data mining, and then using knowledge management translates the results into the needed wisdom to sustain a competitive advantage.
  • Identify tacit and explicit knowledge and other key intangible assets and conduct a knowledge audit and analysis.
  • List the ethical, legal, and managerial issues in knowledge management.

Students with Disabilities:
Students seeking special accommodations due to a disability must submit an application with supporting documentation, as explained under this subject heading in the General Catalog. Instructors are required to provide such accommodations if they receive written notification from the University.

Writing Across the Curriculum:
Students are expected to demonstrate writing skills in describing, analyzing and evaluating ideas and experiences. Written reports and research papers must follow specific standards regarding citations of an author's work within the text and references at the end of the paper. Students are encouraged to use the services of the University's Writing Center when preparing materials.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else's ideas or work as one's own. Students must give credit for any information that is not either the result of original research or common knowledge. If a student borrows ideas or information from another author, he/she must acknowledge the author in the body of the text and on the reference page. Students found plagiarizing are subject to the penalties outlined in the Policies and Procedures section of the University Catalog, which may include a failing grade for the work in question or for the entire course. The following is one of many websites that provide helpful information concerning plagiarism for both students and faculty:

Ethical behavior in the classroom is required of every student. The course will identify ethical policies and practices relevant to course topics.

Students are expected to be competent in using current technology appropriate for this discipline. Such technology may include word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Use of the internet and e-mail may also be required.

Learning to work with and value diversity is essential in every class. Students are expected to exhibit an appreciation for multinational and gender diversity in the classroom.

As a diverse community of learners, students must strive to work together in a setting of civility, tolerance, and respect for each other and for the instructor. Rules of classroom behavior (which apply to online as well as onsite courses) include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conflicting opinions among members of a class are to be respected and responded to in a professional manner.
  • Side conversations or other distracting behaviors are not to be engaged in during lectures, class discussions or presentations
  • There are to be no offensive comments, language, or gestures