SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--iTalent Corporation, a leading global technology consulting services company, today announced publication of the book Social Knowledge: Organizational Currencies in the New Knowledge Economy, by Kenneth E. Russell, PhD, Renee La Londe, and Fred Walters. Dr. Russell is the Executive Director of the Applied Technology Acceleration Institute (ATAI), a new Research Institute at Wichita State University. The ATAI focuses on Advanced Applied Research, Social Knowledge and Technology Consumption. He is a renowned organizational and technology leader, most recently as an executive at Cisco—where he led the intellectual capital transformation effort. Ms. La Londe serves as the CEO at iTalent, and Mr. Walters serves as iTalent’s General Partner.
Based on award-winning, real-world best practices as recognized by the Forrester Groundswell Award and Best in Biz 2014 Most Innovative Service of the Year, this book was created as a guide to help companies understand how to leverage dynamic social knowledge within their organization. iTalent has established a practice and coined Social Knowledge Management (SKM) as a new discipline by recognizing the increasing demand in the enterprise to capture and fully utilize employee generated knowledge assets. This book helps organizations prepare for, and grow in the new Knowledge Economy.
The authors emphasize the principle that value is what is shared, not just what’s known. The book features sections on the evolution of SKM, common implementation challenges, and how companies can build their own SKM platform, keeping in mind organizational architecture and the new social economy.
Dr. Russell explained that the book helps readers unlock valuable collaborative assets that represent the true scope of knowledge management. Russell says, “Our goal was to rise above the traditional knowledge management solutions to provide specific strategies that enable companies to retain social knowledge as part of their corporate memory. As a result, this book represents the definitive guide to SKM.”
“SKM must now be considered one of the key performance indicators of an organization’s value impact within a company,” added La Londe. “This book shares best practices to help companies understand and successfully navigate the Social Knowledge landscape.”
Fred Walters emphasized that the result of these efforts ultimately contributes to the success of communicating within connected organizations.
"Social knowledge will give you two kinds of insights: knowledge of your community and knowledge about your community,” said Marshall Van Alstyne, PhD Associate Professor at Boston University & Research Scientist at MIT Center for Digital Business. “The first is important because it will help you find and develop expertise. The second is important because it will help you wield influence. Effective executives need both and this book tells you how."
iTalent is a leading global technology consulting services company with an intimate understanding of our clients’ business needs. We leverage global capabilities to provide innovative and flexible resource solutions with “white glove” service to help organizations of all sizes overcome their unique challenges. Through innovative practice areas including Social Knowledge Management™, Mobility, Enterprise Application Development and Support, and our other practice areas, we offer best practices, focused training, thought leadership, and resource solutions that help our clients achieve their business goals and objectives. For more information, visit www.italentcorp.com, or connect with us on Twitter, LinkedIn, or our Social Knowledge Management website. iTalent is privately held with corporate headquarters in Santa Clara and offices around the US and Asia.