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Ethical dimensions of KM in professional settings

Abstract : The paper deals with ethical implications of professional practice of Knowledge Management and Competitive Intelligence techniques. It is the output of a study conducted on French and international literature and practices, during a period of time spanning from January to June 2002. Ethics is a question that permanently arises in debates since " there are men and that think ". It is currently even more and more frequently evoked, whether it is at policy level (committees of ethics), industrial practices (the ethical audit and management) or intellectual debates (tribunes in the press and symposia). When confronted with professional practices, ethical principles turn to deontology, ethical charts and the likes. However some major questions stand on how to gain acceptance of those principles and/or how to practically enforce them. Especially in focus are those situations where different relevant ethical rules are in conflict (for example when private ethics come across organizational ethics). Which one to follow? Is the law of any help? The paper takes a pragmatic view of those questions, starting from concrete experiences and "inducing" some higher-level rules. It is argued that those meta-rules deal with concepts of moral. Some of the themes which are treated deal with the quality of information, the reliability of information, the access to information, the confidentiality of information versus the diffusion of knowledge, the behavioral dimension of cyberculture, the ambiguous role of internet in private, corporate and international environments, the status of author, creator, or information middleperson, and the question of individual responsibility. The conclusion, consistent with the constructivist approach, will remind that ethics is a permanent effort, a continuous work tending to virtue and a "good life", as the ancient Greeks said.
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Philippe Dumas, Franck Bulinge, Eric Boutin. Ethical dimensions of KM in professional settings. Colloque KM (Knowledge Management), Sep 2002, Sao Paulo, Brazil. ⟨sic_01831115⟩



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