Facilitators and barriers in local emergency knowledge management: Communities of practice in inter-organizational partnerships

Martin Nkosi Ndlela*

*Corresponding author for this work

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

A marked increase in crises, uncertainties and perceived risks has impelled the government of Norway to reconsider its contingency plans and devolve its emergency management capacity to local authorities. It has become imperative that any effective emergency management require collaborative effort at the local level, with municipalities sharing strategic resources, including knowledge repositories. The municipalities' lack of necessary resources to provide emergency management services, as required of them by law, compel them to seek ways of cooperation and coordination with other municipalities in their proximity. Municipalities have come to a realization that efficiency in anticipating and handling crises is dependent on the way they collaborate with each other. To remain prepared municipalities must share the knowledge needed to plan, anticipate and handle emergencies. Participating municipalities are obliged to establish knowledge-sharing strategies in order to promote interactions between crisis management practitioners. This paper examines the emergence of communities of practice in a crisis management inter-organizational partnership in a county in Norway. The paper identifies factors that advance or inhibit knowledge sharing process in this partnership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2012
Pages825-831
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event13th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2012 - Cartagena, Spain
Duration: Sep 6 2012Sep 7 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM
Volume2
ISSN (Print)2048-8963
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8971

Conference

Conference13th European Conference on Knowledge Management, ECKM 2012
CountrySpain
CityCartagena
Period9/6/129/7/12

Keywords

  • Communication
  • Communities of practice
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Public sector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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