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Prof Juani Swart talks at Knowledge conference in South Africa

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The School of Management's Prof Juani Swart was a guest speaker at last week's Knowledge Management Conference 2012 at the University of Stellenbosch Business School in South Africa, entitled 'The Democratization of Knowledge for the Betterment of Society'.

The conference, which explored the role of knowledge in building a better society, featured a keynote speech entitled 'Knowledge, Democracy and Society' by former South African president Thabo Mbeki. Juani gave two talks - "Knowledge data and information", and "Behaviour of knowledge in organisations". She also provided critical commentary on Prof Larry Prusak's talks "Socio-economic aspects of knowledge"and "Knowledge in a global society".

The conference received high levels of media coverage in South Africa, and Juani said:
"It is so important to understand the power of making knowledge (not information) globally available and the impact that this could have on societal betterment. It is also only by linking theory, policy and practice across developed and developing economies that we can begin to understand how to address the inherent challenges involved in linking knowledge to action. The conference highlighted examples where very real issues such as AIDS, pollution and unemployment were addressed by the democratization of knowledge."

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