Knowledge Management continues to expand and increase in complexity, with Information Systems and other disciplines contributing to research in this field. This paper explores the present landscape of KM, illustrating how the current multidisciplinary approach to KM is problematic for moving the field forward cohesively due to the boundaries between disciplines. These boundaries are socially constructed through communicative processes and intimately connected with identity and power. This paper contends, using Complex Responsive Process theory, that an interdisciplinary approach focused on breaking down barriers between disciplines offers the opportunity to enhance knowledge generation. Envisioning KM as a boundary object between disciplines, rather than a discipline in itself, can help focus attention on negotiating commonality rather than entrenching difference. This paper challenges the IS community to recognize the boundaries between the disciplines working in the KM context and to cross those boundaries by engaging with scholars from other fields creatively.
Jones, Rachel, "Breaking Down the Boundaries: Interdisciplinary and the Future of KM" (2008). AMCIS 2008 Proceedings. 88.