Strategic knowledge management and enterprise social media

Chris Archer-Brown, Jan Kietzmann

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Purpose: This paper aims to examine if (and how), enterprise social media (ESM) can be understood as a strategic knowledge management phenomenon to improve organizational performance. Design/methodology/approach: This paper uses intellectual capital theory and its functional building blocks to organize different types of the ESM platforms, based on secondary data. It then connects these findings to the underling intellectual capital tenets to introduce a conceptual model that explicates how ESM impacts strategic knowledge management, and vice versa. Findings: This paper concludes that ESM provides a unique complement to traditional strategic knowledge management. The authors argue that ESM differs substantially from other contexts in which intellectual capital has been applied, and extend intellectual capital with three appropriate dimensions (human, social and structural capital). Given the potentially disruptive nature of ESM, this framework helps firms understand the nature of the changes that are needed. Originality/value: The paper provides the first review of the business needs that are served by the software functions and management processes under the ESM banner. This original contribution takes the intellectual capital and strategic knowledge management discussions from their usual high levels of abstraction and relates them to the real world of ESM, focusing on outcomes. Its unique “Intellectual Capital Framework for the Socially Oriented Enterprise” includes distinct, testable propositions that provide a practical approach to strategically planning, implementing and optimizing ESM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1288-1309
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Knowledge Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2018


  • Human Capital
  • Intellectual Capital
  • Knowledge management
  • Social Capital
  • Social media
  • Social networks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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