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Title: A Collaborative Knowledge Management Framework for Unani Medicines
Authors: Sulemani, Talha Waheed
Keywords: Physical Sciences
Computer Science
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore.
Abstract: Despite being a well-established field of study, the Knowledge Management (KM) theory is still deficient in capturing important indigenous knowledge domains, a prime example is of Unani Medicines. The main aim of the study is, therefore, to enrich KM theory and practice through proposing a Knowledge Management Framework (KMF) for traditional Unani Medicines (UM), that has distinct philosophy and principles as compared to other systems of traditional medicines (TM). The proposal is based on a) identification of existing KMFs’ limitations; b) understanding the nature of Unani Medicines knowledge; c) applying Activity Theory (AT) concepts for managing knowledge of UM; and d) validation of CKMF by domain experts and by a prototype. The process involved review of literature in the fields of KMF, UM and AT; a qualitative interpretive case study was conducted to understand the nature of UM knowledge and its requirements (involving document analysis, data generation workshops and qualitative interviews with domain experts); and external validation of proposed CKMF has been done by UM domain experts and through developing an application prototype based on proposed CKMF. The majority of the existing KMFs are largely based on universalistic, reductionist or fragmented views of knowledge and, thus, are unable to fulfil the requirements of indigenous knowledge systems. Lack of KMF for UM can, thus, be attributed to inherent difficulties involved in preserving an indigenous medicinal knowledge system where the nature of knowledge is unique, i.e. holistic, diverse, contested, practice-based (tacit), contextual, historical and approximate. This qualitative interpretive research study concluded that AT offers a strong theoretical approach to design a CKMF to fulfil the UM knowledge requirements. This study contributes to KM theory enrichment through proposing a CKMF for an indigenous medicinal system with a specific nature of knowledge. Presently, this kind of KMFs are non-existent. The proposed KMF is a significant step towards preserving a rich knowledge domain of traditional Unani Medicines that offers immense potential as an alternate and holistic health regime. Abstract xv Explicit identification and articulation of the theoretical foundations, as design requirements for KMF, are a significant contribution of this study. Using AT for developing KMFs is a less explored domain. The study elaborated the potential of AT features in proposing a KMF; the study also offers a theoretical and methodological progress to resolve conceptual fragmentation issue in the field of KMF.
Gov't Doc #: 20765
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