Katsuhiro Umemoto Professor
School of Knowledge Science¡ÊDepartment of Knowledge Science¡¦Social Knowledge¡Ë
BA from Kyushu University (1975), Ph.D.from the George Washington University (1997)
Associate at Hitotsubashi University (1977-1985)
knowledge management, public policy, regional environmental policy,
knowledge management, policy, social welfare, environment
(1) The Policy Process as Knowledge Creation
The conventional perspective on the role of knowledge in the policy process is how decision makers utilize knowledge produced by experts (e.g., policy analysts or academic scholars). By contrast, my perspective is that the policy process can be viewed as knowledge creation, in which decision makers themselves create knowledge by synthesizing experts' knowledge and his own (e.g., personal experiences, worldviews, or ideological beliefs). Moreover, all participants into the policy process (e.g., not only decision makers, policy analysts, and outside experts but also the public, mass media, think tanks, interest groups, lobbyists) contribute in one way or another to the policy process by inputting their knowledge or information. My goal is to build a theory of the policy process from that perspective.
(2) Indigenous Knowledge
Knowledge of indigenous people such as Ainu and native Americans has been suppressed as "nonscientific." Now, however, their vast knowledge of plants and animals they have accumulated over thousands years has been utilized as valuable resources for sustainable development. Several international organizations have set up programs for that purpose. I am collecting those practical cases and developing a theoretical framework for the more effective fusion of indigenous and scientific knowledge.
(3) Women's Knowledge
Knowledge of women has also been as disregarded as "inferior" to knowledge of men. I am interested in differences, if any, between knowledge possessed by men and women, and relationships between gender (i.e., social, often biased, knowledge about roles of both sexes) and knowledge, particularly female scientists and engineers. Women's knowledge and their intellectual capacity have been underutilized especially in Japan, which I think be remedied to revitalize the Japanese economy and society.
(4) Knowledge Management
I have been conducting case studies of knowledge manegement practices in Japanese companies in order to refine the Professor Ikujiro Nonaka's theory of organizational knowledge creation. In addition, I am building a theory of "the knowledge-creating community," which aims at a knowledge-based community development, while collecting vignettes of knowledge creation in various areas throughout Japan.
- Integration of knowledge management process into digital library system: A theoretical perspective¡¤Md. Roknuzzaman, Hideaki Kanai and Katsuhiro Umemoto,¡¤Library Review, Emerald Group Publishing¡¤58¡¤5¡¤372,15¡¤2009/05
- "Towards a Theoretical Model of Cross-Cultural Knowledge Management"¡¤Nhu T.B. Nguyen, Katsuhiro Umemoto and Tunc D. Medeni¡¤The International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 7, Issue 9, pp.33-40,2007
- ¡ÈKnowledge creation for science and technology in academic laboratories: a pilot study¡É¡¤Hasan, Q., Machado, M., Tsukamoto, M. and K. Umemoto.¡¤Knowledge Management Research & Practice, 4, pp.162-169,2006
- Member of the Japanese Society of Organization Science (1996-)
- Member of the Japanese Society of Knowledge Management (2000-)