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Provost Seminar Series Explores Concepts of Knowledge

March 30, 2003

WALTHAM, Mass. - As part of its emphasis on promoting practical research that addresses current and future issues in the world of business and society more generally, the Provost Seminar Series at Bentley College continues with a lecture by Rob Kling entitled "Concepts of Knowledge, Knowledge Management and Information Societies - A Critical Perspective." An authority on knowledge management, Kling is among several internationally recognized professionals and researchers invited to Bentley this year to discuss topics of interest to both practitioners and scholars in areas that cross several fields of business practice. The seminar will be held on April 4 in the LaCava Campus Center at Bentley College. The program is free and open to the public.

"Since the 1960's, the terms information and knowledge have become popular adjectives, for varied phenomena, including work (knowledge work, information jobs, information labor force), organizations (knowledge organizations), organizational reforms (information resource management, knowledge management), and societies (information societies, knowledge societies)," says Kling. His lecture will examine some of these categories, especially the managerial reform of knowledge management and the sociological category of information societies

Rob Kling is a Professor of Information Systems and Information Science at Indiana University. His research focuses on the social consequences of computerization and the social choices that are available to people. He is currently focusing on electronic publishing and people's use of digital libraries as a set of applications and social spaces for understanding IT and social change, and the possibilities of new technologies facilitating the restructuring of social life.

The seminar will be held on Friday, April 4, 2003 from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the LaCava Campus Center, Danielson 325ABC, followed by a lunch reception. The event is free but pre-registration is requested. Please RSVP for the seminar and reception by April 1 to Cathy Mertz, Office of the Provost and VP for Academic Affairs at (phone) 781-891-2014 or email:

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