Knowledge Leadership: Tools for Executive Leaders explains the concept of Knowledge Leadership by analyzing the strategies and tools of information and knowledge management. The book uses case studies of successful executive leaders such as Jack Welch and Michael Dell to examine Knowledge Leadership practices. The discourse covers global industries ranging from automobile to retail.
Knowledge is a prized asset in this rapidly growing world. Some of it needs to be guarded against plagiarization at any cost, while some must be shared with people for it to flourish and thrive. Across industries, individuals and organizations have a competitive advantage if knowledge and information is disseminated and utilized effectively. This book elucidates mechanisms that top executives can employ to combine knowledge management and executive leadership. It provides insights into macro and micro level Knowledge Leadership from global organizations and young entrepreneurs. While imparting this practical knowledge, the author also underlines the interpersonal skills that executives must possess to manage subordinates and customers.
This book would be immensely useful to students and faculty members studying Leadership, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Leadership, Business Management and Organizational Studies. It provides handy tips for executives of leading and upcoming organizations who intend to enhance their leadership skills and expertise in Knowledge Management. It would also be valuable reading for corporate training institutes.
C. Lakshman is an independent consultant based in Pune, India. He received his PhD in Organization Studies from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He held prior appointments at Longwood University, Virginia State University, and Jackson State University. He was the Chair of the Organizational Behaviour and HRM Area at Indian Institute of Management, Indore. He has 16 years of rich experience in India and the United States, spanning both industry and academia. He combines his rich industrial marketing experience (Elcompo Electronics Pvt Ltd, Chennai) with teaching, training, and consulting experiences with various organizations including Arizona State University, Amrita Institute of Management, and Southern Illinois University. His list of consulting clients includes NLC Ltd, ABN Amro, Mahindra Finance, Impetus, and NTPC, among others. He specializes in Leadership and Knowledge Management issues in organizations. His most recent papers on Leadership and Knowledge Management were published in the Journal of Management Studies and in Leadership and Organizational Development Journal.
Preface Introduction Leadership Imperatives for the Knowledge Economy Knowledge Leadership: What can Top Executives do? Micro-Knowledge Leadership: Leadership for all Managers Customer-Focused Knowledge Leadership: Michael Dell Supplier-Focused Knowledge Management: Brazil's Auto Industry Managing Change through Knowledge Leadership: Jack Welch at GE Indian Knowledge Leadership: Y C Deveshwar and e-choupals Global Knowledge Leadership: Percy Barnevik's Matrix Management at ABB Knowledge Management in Retail: Li and Fung Knowledge-Based Performance Management Strategies of Leaders Knowledge Leadership in the Not-for-Profit World Bibliography