Social Knowledge Management for Rural Empowerment: Bridging the Knowledge Divide Using Social Techno

PreambleOrganization of the bookI: Rural empowerment: Bridging rural–urban knowledge and information divideKnowledge, knowledge divide and knowledge capability: A conceptual frameworkIntroductionDefining knowledgeKnowledge: A social productKnowledge divideKnowledge capabilityThe importance of knowledge in capability theoryDimensions of knowledge capabilityManaging knowledge resource to enhance knowledge capabilityRural empowerment: A knowledge–theoretic approachIntroductionEmpowerment and its manifestation in rural contextAgency, opportunity structure and social capital: Facilitating empowermentEmpowerment and agencyEmpowerment and opportunity structureEmpowerment and social capitalEmpowerment as a knowledge–theoretic conceptConceptualizing rural empowerment through management of knowledgeFacilitating rural empowerment through management of knowledgeConclusionContemporary initiatives undertaken for rural empowermentIntroduction'Rurbanization': Promise and practiceUnited Nations' initiatives towards rural empowermentRural empowerment: Some measures taken in developing nationsIndonesiaIranIndiaPakistanLimitations of current institution-based rural empowerment paradigmsConclusionInformation asymmetry and rural producersIntroductionThe need for information and the effect of information asymmetryInformation asymmetry of rural producers in developing nationsInformation asymmetry between producers themselvesInformation asymmetry between producers and their prospective buyersThe information asymmetry between rural producers and middlemenThe information asymmetry between rural producers and government agenciesImpact of information asymmetry on market efficiency: An Indian case studyMethodologyObservationThe impact of information asymmetry on Indian rural producers: FindingsContemporary measures undertaken to reduce information asymmetryConclusionKnowledge asymmetry and its mitigation through enhancement of knowledge capabilityIntroductionFrom information asymmetry to knowledge asymmetryInformation and knowledge: A comparative analysisFrom information asymmetry to knowledge asymmetryKnowledge capability: From knowledge possession to knowledge operationKnowledge capability of rural members in mitigating knowledge asymmetryThe capability approach: Building capability set of target groupA knowledge-centric capability approach for mitigating knowledge asymmetryConclusionII: Social knowledge management and social technologies: Conceptual foundationsKnowledge management and its evolution in organizational contextIntroductionHow society used to manage knowledge: A historical perspectiveInformation systems and globalization: Impetus to knowledge managementKnowledge management: DefinitionsKnowledge management: Processes and strategiesProcesses of knowledge managementStrategies of knowledge management in organizational contextThree generations of knowledge management in organizational contextFirst-generation knowledge managementSecond-generation knowledge managementThird-generation knowledge managementConclusionSocial technology and knowledge management practicesIntroductionSocial technology: A conceptual perspectiveDefining social technologyComponents of social technologiesSocial technology and knowledge managementNetworking and collaborationThe social technology and SECI model-based knowledge processesSocial media analytics and customer knowledge managementManagement of crowd knowledge for organizational benefitsEnterprise social software: Social tools for knowledge managementConclusionEfforts undertaken to manage social knowledge and information for social benefitIntroductionManaging social knowledge: A historical perspectiveThe first generation: Facilitating information dissemination through community information systemsThe second generation: Facilitating bi-directional information sharingThe third generation: Facilitating multi-directional knowledge collaborationConclusionSocial knowledge management: A social technology-enabled framework to bridge knowledge asymmetry of rural producers through virtual community formationIntroductionSocial knowledge vs. organizational knowledgeOrganizational knowledge management vs. managing social knowledgeSocial knowledge management: A functional perspectiveA social knowledge management framework to mitigate rural–urban knowledge asymmetryThe conceptual frameworkThe model of interventionConclusionIII: Social knowledge management in action: Some empirical studies in rural IndiaCultivating online communities of practice to facilitate practice-oriented rural–urban knowledge exchange through collaborative learning spacesIntroductionConceptualizing community of practiceFactors leading to the cultivation of community of practiceComponents of community of practiceStructure of community of practiceFactors determining sustainability of community of practiceCollaborative learning spaces of early societyCommunity of practice in actionBuilding community of practice in organizational contextCultivating online communities of practice in rural contextExamples from some field studies with self-help group women in rural IndiaA field study with rural youth in IndiaCultivating online communities of practice using a social knowledge management platformConclusionCultivating communities of purpose to enhance market opportunities of rural producers through collaborative knowledIntroductionCommunity of purpose: A conceptual frameworkThe role of communities of purpose in bridging market separation of rural producersA digital framework towards building online community of purpose for rural producersConceptual foundationsOperationalizing the framework: Mobilizing rural–urban community towards purposive collaborationArchitecting a social knowledge management platform to cultivate online communities of purpose for rural producersNCoRe: System designValidation of the NCoRe systemDiscussionSome field observations on cultivating communities of purposeObjective of the studyBackground of the studyInsights from field workFindings from field workDiscussionsConclusionCultivating communities of circumstance to enhance community resilience through knowledge sharing using collaboration and connectionsIntroductionUnderstanding community resilienceComponents of community resilienceA framework towards building online communities of circumstance: Mobilizing community towards resilienceCommunities of circumstanceAn operational framework for cultivating online communities of circumstanceDeveloping resilient community through collaborative knowledge transaction: Some examples from disaster managementThe role of knowledge management in disaster situations: An introductionUse of social media to engage community members during disaster for situational information and knowledge transactionInteractive community-sourcing: A participatory knowledge management practice during disasterCultivating online communities of circumstance using a collaborative knowledge management platform: Towards a disaster-resilient communityConclusionIV: What tomorrow may bringSummary and discussionsIntroductionSummary of workHindrances faced during the research journey and prospective solutionsEthical concerns addressed in the researchConclusionBuilding a developmental ecosystem for rural empowermentDevelopmental ecosystem: Theory and practiceThe need for a developmental ecosystem for holistic rural empowermentBuilding a developmental ecosystem for rural empowerment
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