Wisdom as it exists in a professional’s life

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Goal/Purpose: Various studies have attempted to measure the complex concept of wisdom and this study extends those efforts by developing and putting into practice a qualitative measure of wisdom. Thus, the purpose of this research was to investigate the key characteristics of wisdom for professionals working in the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums) sector.
Methodology: Qualitative approach was used to conduct this research using the Wise Action Model (WAM) to measure the complex and elusive nature of wisdom. Data was collected from information professionals working in managerial positions in the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) sector using the in-depth interviewing technique. Thematic analysis technique was used to analyse the data.
Results: The findings indicate that while most participants exhibit some elements of wisdom, there are gaps that need to be addressed before wise functioning is deemed applicable in their roles. So, while knowledgeable information acquisition and community engagement was very visible, more emphasis on values and stakeholder wellbeing will lead to wiser considerations.
Originality/value: Study of wisdom certainly deserves more attention in knowledge management research as previous studies have indicated. With increasing stresses in the lives of professionals, it is now more important than ever to gain an understanding of how much wisdom prevails in organisational settings to improve the lives of individuals, and consequently the wellbeing of impacted communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication16th international conference on knowledge management (ICKM-2020)
PublisherUniversity of North Texas Digital Library
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventICKM 2020: 16th International Conference on Knowledge Management - Virtual event, Durham, United States
Duration: 03 Dec 202005 Dec 2020
https://web.archive.org/web/20201126124217/http://www.ickm.net/ (Conference website)
http://www.ickm.net/?page_id=1892 (presentation schedule)


ConferenceICKM 2020
Abbreviated title“Knowledge Commons” and the institutional analysis of data and the development of knowledge
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherThe International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) provides researchers and practitioners from all over the world a forum for discussion and exchange of ideas concerning theoretical and practical aspects of Knowledge Management. Sharing tools and knowledge that leads to discoveries about global business and healthcare is a goal of the 2020 conference. The first ICKM conference was held in Singapore in 2004; 15 subsequent conferences have been held in Charlotte, NC; Greenwich, London; Vienna, Austria; Columbus, Ohio; Hong Kong; Pittsburgh, PA; Johannesburg; Montreal; Antalya, Turkey; Osaka, Japan; Dallas, TX; Vancouver; and Santa Catarina, Brazil.

ICKM 2020 will be online and broadcast from Durham, NC, “the City of Medicine,” as hosted by the Knowledge and Information Professional Association. The conference theme is “Knowledge Commons” and the institutional analysis of data and the development of knowledge.
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