TUK Hosts the 1st International Conference on Information and Knowledge Management
The only thing that gives an organisation a competitive edge – the only thing that is sustainable – is what it knows, how it uses what it knows, and how fast it can know something new. This was said by Prof. Adeline Du Toit, an Extraordinary Professor of Knowledge Management at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, when she made a keynote address during a recent conference on knowledge management hosted by The Technical University of Kenya.
Prof Du Toit asserted that knowledge was the only sustainable competitive advantage of an organisation driven by the knowledge worker.
The event was co-organised with Moi University with support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Kenya Commercial Bank.
This was TU-K’s first international conference on information and knowledge management. The theme was “Transformative Information and Knowledge Management for Sustainable Development”. It was held from 24th to 26th August 2016 at the Sarova Panafric Hotel in Nairobi.
The conference was well attended by renowned academics, practitioners, policy makers and students from all specializations of information and knowledge management. The participants were drawn from within and without the country; some of the countries represented were Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Austria and Sweden.
While opening the conference, TUK Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Academics, Research and Students, Prof. Paul Shiundu explained that the conference came at the opportune time given that information and knowledge are the key pillars of organizational performance, excellence, competitiveness, growth, innovation and client satisfaction.
The conference provided a platform for scholarly discourse on information and knowledge management; networking and alliance building; as well as benchmarking and knowledge exchange. The deliberations were wrapped around the conference sub-themes which included indigenous knowledge; e-governance; records management; information and knowledge management, the use of social media in information and knowledge management; knowledge sharing and diffusion; role and impact of information and knowledge centers; digital trends in information and knowledge management; legal and ethical issues in information and knowledge management; as well as the emerging trends in libraries and information centers.
During the seminar sessions about sixty participants made their presentations and a total of 50 full papers were presented at the conference. The participants shared experiences and insights on how best to mainstream information ethics in the research, education and practice of information and knowledge management in the digital age.