The United Nations as a Knowledge Organization (Global Institutions)

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This book discusses the evolution of the United Nations (UN) as a knowledge organization. This book seeks to explore how the UN has generated, warehoused, disseminated, structured, packaged, expanded, transferred and leveraged its vast resources of accumulated information and experience throughout the decades and, particularly, since the start of the 21st century with the introduction of more connective information and communications technology.

The book examines the overarching objectives that have guided such activity and divides UN knowledge management into three distinct, but often overlapping and intertwining, categories:

  • knowledge for social and organizational learning;
  • knowledge for norm setting;
  • knowledge for creation of products and services.

Svenson brings together these multiple aspects of UN knowledge management together to present a holistic view of how the organization utilizes its global intelligence to educate, advocate and serve member countries’ development. Instead of looking at the UN as an international bureaucracy or as a peacekeeping, policymaking, humanitarian or development entity, this work studies the UN as a generator and purveyor of information, learning and experience in all of these areas. It illustrates how this knowledge facet may represent the UN’s greatest asset and the area in which it has the clearest competitive advantage. It has already shaped much of UN activity and decision-making over the past decades and may ultimately define the organization’s role for the future, as well as its collective contribution to global peace and development.

This work will be key reading for all students and scholars of international organizations.

Über den Autor:

Nanette Svenson is an Adjunct Professor, Tulane University and has 20 years of professional experience in international development, academia and the private sector. She works as an Adjunct Professor of Florida State University and independent consultant for the United Nations and other organizations involved in capacity development, particularly of higher education. She helped establish the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Centre for Latin American and Caribbean in Panama and worked there for four years in charge of research and knowledge management. She co-founded Pro Artesana, Panama's first NGO dedicated to developing capacity for national artisans. Prior to that, she held various management positions in private sector service firms. Her education includes an MS and PhD in International Development from Tulane University; an MBA from IESE in Barcelona; and a BA in Human Biology from Stanford University. She has taught at graduate and undergraduate levels, conducted research and program evaluations, and published in academic and international development journals

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