KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AND E-LEARNING: INTERRELATION OR CONFLICT ZONE?

M. Perry

The Open University (ISRAEL)
Knowledge management (KM) emerged as an innovative management strategy in the 1990s, at the same time that technology for remote learning was being developed and recognized as a "hot trend" in education. The two concepts have since been connected and integrated into joint science journals and common research areas and disciplines. The two concepts may be conceived as yin and yang (almost inseparable), and we argue that only through a conceptual misunderstanding can they mutually share the same depth and basis. In our view, KM is a complex philosophy while e-learning is merely a technique. No equivalent phase can be shared rather than a strategic vision and the tools for practical delivery. This study is a theoretical review which is backed and support by hypotheses methods (not by empirical figures) to illustrate the conceptual framework of how KM and e-learning are interrelated. The purpose of this study is to draw attention to research on these concepts, in order to address the relationship as a framework for corporate solutions. This study seeks to answer the following questions: Does the interrelation leverage each concept or undermine its strength? Will applying these ideas pose a barrier for implementation and development of future use? In what measure should they be used, and is there an ideal balance? Is full assimilation of these concepts forecast for the future, or are new and competing trends being seen on the organizational horizon?