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Bentley Hosts the 6th European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities

February 28, 2005

Waltham, Mass.-- Scholars from around the world gathered at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge recently for the Bentley-hosted, Sixth European Conference on Organizational Knowledge, Learning and Capabilities (OKLC), March 16 - 19.

The goal of OKLC 2005was to continue the success of the previous conferences in encouraging critical debate around different perspectives on knowledge, learning and capabilities in organizations, according to Bentley's Cammarata Professor of Management and Conference Organizer Susan Newell.

"We were particularly interested in encouraging critical debate at the intersections of different disciplines, so that the Boston conference continued the tradition of being multidisciplinary in nature," said Newell. "We had hoped that by hosting it in the U.S. this year, we would attract scholars from the global community, even more so than in the past, and we certainly succeeded."

In addition to drawing top scholars from around the world, OKLC 2005 included a PhD component for which 33 doctoral candidates from 17 countries were accepted to participate in a workshop organized by Bentley's Poduska Professor of Information Management M. Lynne Markus. Among the 12 workshop facilitators were seven fulltime Bentley faculty members.

"The workshop helped to establish Bentley's international reputation as an institution of high-quality doctoral education, and it reminded Bentley faculty members of the rewards of working with talented doctoral students," said Markus.

Students hailed from the Technical University of Denmark; National University of Singapore; Vrije University, Brussels, Belgium; Queens University, Ontario, Canada; Nottingham University, United Kingdom; Esade Business School, Spain; Milan Polytechnic, Italy; University of Limerick, Ireland; London Business School, United Kingdom; Technical University of Denmark; The French National Center for Scientific Research, France; Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany; Warwick Business School, United Kingdom; University of Melbourne, Australia; Northumbria University, United Kingdom; University of Oklahoma; MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts; SINTEF Group, Trondheim, Norway; Lund University, Sweden; Rutgers University, New Jersey; Harvard Business School, Massachusetts; Havard Kennedy School of Government, Massachusetts; University of Oklahoma; Hanken Programme, Helsinki, Finland; Boston University and Bentley College, in Massachusetts.

Participating in the academics and practitioner tracks of the conference were top scholars from University of Bonn, Germany; University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; Technion University, Israel; University of Porto, Portugal; University of Twente, Netherlands; University of Bologna, Italy; Victoria Institute, Sweden; University of Granada, Spain; University of Innsbruck, Austria; Copenhagen Business School, Denmark; Massey University, New Zealand; National University of Singapore; Karl Franzens University, Germany; IESE Business School, Spain; Helsinki Institute of IT, Denmark; Pennsylvania State University; University of Leuven, Belgium; University of Toronto, Canada; Pepperdine University, California; Bentley College, Massachusetts; University of Stirling, United Kingdom; University of Nottingham, United Kingdom; Warwick Business School, United Kingdom, and many others.

Keynote speakers for the conference include Karl Weick, Rensis Likert Distinguished University, University of Michigan; Wanda J. Orlikowski, Professor of Information Technologies and Organization Studies, MIT Sloan School of Management; and Paul Duguid, Visiting Professor, Copenhagen Business School, and Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley.

Conference topics covered:

· Managing organizational knowledge, competence, dynamic capabilities and learning

· Micro, meso and macro institutional factors affecting knowledge sharing, capability development and learning

· The role of information technology in knowledge management and collaboration

· Public services sector approaches to Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning and comparisons with the private sector

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