“Wealth creation and wealth destruction in the knowledge economy. Reflections on the crisis of Spain and Portugal"
José M. Viedma is a Doctor of Industrial Engineering, a graduate in Economics and Professor of Business Administration at the U.P.C., Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain. He teaches on the subject of knowledge management, intellectual capital management and organisational learning.
He has held top executive positions in computer services and management consultancy firms. He is the president of "Intellectual Capital Management Systems" and a founding partner of "M.A. Fusiones y Adquisiciones".
He is a regular speaker in International conferences and congresses on Knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital Management and Knowledge-based development such as World Congress on Intellectual Capital and Innovation (WCICI), European Conference on Knowledge Management (ECKM), International Conference on Knowledge Management (I-Know) and the Internacional Conference on Intellectual Capital and Knowledge Management (ICICKM).
He is an advisory board member of the following journals:
His current field of research and interest is focused on knowledge and intellectual capital management and he has consulted and developed management frameworks and systems world wide on those matters.
Among them the most relevant methodologies and frameworks are:
"Knowledge Valley Theory"
Polyglot and polymath Robert B. Mellor helped start the IT University of Copenhagen and is now a Director of the Faculty of Computing, Information Systems and Mathematics at Kingston University, London, where he lectures at postgraduate level on subjects like ‘Strategic Information Systems’, ‘Knowledge Management’, ‘Strategic Innovation’ and ‘IT & Entrepreneurship’. He holds earned doctorates in various academic disciplines including innovation, computing and biology and an MBA from Gottingen. He is author of over 120 scientific publications in reputable journals, including e.g. "Nature". In addition to his scientific publications he has written ten books, including four on innovation and entrepreneurship and several of his books have appeared in foreign translations. He has won a number of international prizes for his works, is an active consultant with over twelve years industrial experience and has been expert advisor to several national governments at ministerial level, and to the European Union, since 1994.
Juan-Gabriel Cegarra-Navarro is doctor in Business Administration, Master in Business Administration by the E.O.I (www.eoi.es) and Master in Marketing and communication by the I.E.D.E (http://www.iede.edu/es/index.html). He has nine years of experience in private companies (General Optic, Optic 2000, Zas Vision, Clinics Ophthalmologic Novovisión). Currently, he is associate professor of the Business Administration Department of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (Spain). His research is on the use of knowledge management to help small and medium businesses to become more competitive. He has been involved in several investigation projects on the SME sector (at the European Level) including the stragegi project. The Strategi project was formed by the following European regions: Murcia (Spain), Wien (Austria) and Aveiro (Portugal) and was funded by the European Commision (European Social Fund). His work has been published in the Industrial Marketing Management, British Journal of Management, Journal of Small Business Management, International Journal of Operations and Production Management and Journal of Business Venturing among others.
"Intellectual Capital "
JC Spender is based in New York (USA) to where he migrated in 1982. In his career he served in the Royal Navy in experimental submarines, doing engineering at Oxford, and going on to Rolls-Royce to help design and build nuclear power plant for the UK submarines. He also did time with IBM (UK) on large experimental banking systems. Then his PhD thesis 'Industry Recipes' (Blackwell, 1989), which examined managers' uncertainty handling procedures in three different industries, won the US Academy of Management's 1980 AT Kearney Prize. After several years at UCLA he went back into business as Marketing and Strategy VP with Enigma Logic, computer security specialists, now part of the Secure Computing Corporation (SCUR). 4 years on the road world-wide and then new opportunities beckoned in academe - so on to Glasgow, Stevens Institute of Technology, and Rutgers. Now retired after seven years as a Business School Dean and building a new full-time career as a consultant, researcher, writer, lecturer, and generally itinerant academic.
His principal work is on Knowledge Management and Corporate Strategy. The focus, as always, is on the management and industry responses to uncertainty - meaning (a) the absence of key strategic data, and (b) difficulties with making actionable sense of the data available. This complements work on risk analysis and risk management with an exploration of how groups (teams, firms, industries, and nations) work together, often without realising it, to develop heuristics to help resolve the business uncertainties they face. The drivers are both functional (we need an answer - now!) and emotional. Emotion is little considered by decision-making researchers, and most managers are reluctant to talk about it. Yet it is the immediate and unavoidable consequence of our exposure to uncertainty - that is why 'emotional intelligence' (EQ) is so important, it relates to our ability to handle uncertainty without blocking reasoned action. New research could involve the use of rich simulations to expose us to uncertainty, generate emotion, and so help us develop EQ skills and personal uncertainty-resolving heuristics. These are more pervasive and important in our professional lives than superstitious habits like making sure to put one's left boot on first when going to play a big football game!
"Orchestrating individual expertise - challenges and solution for service organizations "
Dr. Klaus North holds a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a
Doctorate in Ergonomics, both from the University of Technology Darmstadt, Germany.
At present he is Professor of International Management at Wiesbaden Business School, Germany. His current research covers knowledge management, particularly know how transfer within and between enterprises in an international context. He also works on innovation and quality management. He is the founder of the German Knowledge Management Association (www.wissensmanagement-gesellschaft.de) and was scientific director of the German Knowledge Management Award. He is also member of the editorial board of the Journal of Intellectual Capital.
He frequently consults with major firms, governments and international organizations and teaches regularly in business programmes internationally. He has been visiting professor of the College of Europe at Bruge.
Dr. North has published widely on knowledge and international management. His book „wissensorientierte Unternehmensführung“ (5th edition) is the leading textbook on KM in the German speaking countries and has been translated into several languages including Portuguese. Publications also include the books " Effective knowledge work(ers)” (Emerald, forthcoming) as well as "Localizing global production - Know-how transfer in international manufacturing” (ILO, Geneva 1997).