Why Knowledge Research?

Knowledge has been the subject of philosophical debate since the times of the ancient Greek philosophers. Initially there was only human knowledge but now machine knowledge and organisational knowledge can be recognised.

One of the main areas of study today is the transfer of knowledge.This is becoming more important as knowledge itself takes on a more significant role in society and as technology provides new ways to access it.

Companies are now investing directly in new approaches to the management of knowledge and are beginning to appreciate its significance.

Knowledge is becoming a more significant concept in modern life. That is, in business life and in private life. It is easy to associate knowledge with academic success. Those who attend university and get the best pass grades in examinations may be thought of as the most knowledgeable people. People who consistently do well in the pub quiz may also be thought of as knowledgeable.

  • Is knowledge correctly associated with the memory of facts (sometimes trivial facts)?
  • If knowledge is more than a memory for facts, what is it?
  • If knowledge is not really a memory for facts, then why do we assess learners by asking them to remember and recall facts?
  • When companies take on new employees, do they want to employ people who can remember a lot of facts? If not, then why do they use traditional qualifications to establish a short list?

Research, with papers, from Akri are divided into two groups, knowledge management and Intelligent buildings. These groups are further subdivided as explained below.

Knowledge management

This section takes a look at AKRI specific research and how this differs from the more general area of Knowledge Management.

Intelligent buildings.

This section focuses on a single Intelligent Home project which is a continuation of an earlier Phd project carried out through Liverpool John Moores University.