Title

Human Resource's Role in Leveraging Knowledge Management as a Competitive Advantage

Date of Award

11-15-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Strategic HR Management

Degree Name

Master of Professional Studies

Department

Strategic HR Management

Advisor

Katherine Frazier

Keywords

business strategy; human resource; knowledge; knowledge economy; knowledge management; knowledge management success

Abstract

The ultra-competitiveness in the twenty-first century's business environment suggests that, to survive, human resource (HR) must prove its value. The knowledge economy presents HR the opportunity to demonstrate its added value through leveraging knowledge management (KM) as a competitive advantage. This capstone reviews the literature on business strategy, knowledge, KM, KM success, and HR to reveal links between these subjects and illustrate three roles HR can undertake to leverage KM as a competitive advantage. The capstone also assesses HR's current contributions to KM through a survey of 42 HR professionals. Survey results suggest that, although HR contributes to the three KM roles, HR is not currently fully capitalizing on the opportunity to become a strategic business partner through KM.

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