is a researcher and consultant and was the founder and
Executive Director of the Institute for Knowledge
Management (IKM). This was a global consortium of
member organizations engaged in advancing the practice
of knowledge management through action research. Larry
has had extensive experience, within the U.S. and internationally,
in helping organizations work with their information
and knowledge resources. He has also consulted with
many U.S. and overseas government agencies and international
organizations (NGO's). He currently co-directs "Working
Knowledge," a knowledge research program
at Babson College, where he is a Distinguished
Scholar in Residence.
noted authority in his field, Larry has lectured and
been published widely. His most recent book publications
include co-editing Knowledge Management and Organizational
Learning (Oxford University Press, 2005), and co-authoring
Storytelling in Organizations (Elsevier, 2004).
also include: What's the Big Idea (Harvard Business
School Press, 2003), co-authored with Tom Davenport,
Creating Value with Knowledge (Oxford University
Press, 2003), co-edited with Eric Lesser, and In
Good Company: How Social Capital Makes Organizations
Work (Harvard Business School Press, 2001), co-authored
with Don Cohen.
Company: How Social Capital Makes Organizations Work
was listed as one of 2001 Best Business Books awarded
by Harvard Business School Review.
He has also
co-authored two other books with Tom Davenport: Working
Knowledge (Harvard Business School Press, 1998),
and Information Ecology (Oxford University Press,
1997). Working Knowledge has sold over 100,000
copies and has been translated into 12 languages; the
paperback edition with a new Preface was published in
Information Strategically (John Wiley & Sons,
1994), co-authored with James McGee, is a basic text
on the role of information in gaining competitive advantage.
more recent articles include:
- "The World is Round" (Harvard Business
Review, April 2006)
from the Internet Giants" (Sloan Management
Review, Summer 2004)
Performance Variability Dilemma" (Sloan Management
Review, Fall 2003)
do CEO's get their Ideas?" (Harvard Business
Review, February, 2003)
What We Know" (Organizational Dynamics,
who make Networks Work" (Harvard Business Review,
Knowledge in an Uncertain World" (Sloan Management
Review, Fall 2001)
did Knowledge Management come from? (IBM System Journal,
to Invest Social Capital?" (Harvard Business
Review, June 2001)
Sins of Knowledge Management" (California Management
Review, Spring 1998).
Larry was a Principal and founder of Ernst & Young's
Center for Business Innovation, specializing in issues
of corporate knowledge management. While there, he was
responsible for helping to build a consulting practice
centered on organizations managing their knowledge resources.
Larry's professional background also includes work as
a researcher and librarian at Baker Library at the Harvard
Graduate School of Business Administration, and as a
teacher of the History of Ideas at several universities.
awards and honors include: Simmons College Distinguished
Alumni Award (2002); the Lewin Award from Organization
Science (2000); an honorary Ph.D. from Long Island University
(2000); the SLA Professional Award for Contributions
to the Field of Information Science (1991); the H.W.
Wilson Award for the year's best article on information
science (1990). In 2000, he served as a McKinsey Award
Judge for the Harvard Business Review, and Work Frontiers
International voted Larry one of the ten most admired
knowledge leaders in the world.
a B.A. in history from Long Island University, an M.S.
in information science from Simmons College, and an
M.A. in economic and social history from New York University
(where he completed all the examinations and course
work toward a Ph.D.). He received an Honorary PHD from
Long Island University.
Larry has lectured at the
Harvard Business School, M.I.T., New York University,
the University of California Berkeley, the University
of Southern California, the Wharton School, Copenhagen
Business School, Monash University (Melbourne), Queens
University (Belfast), Tel Aviv University, and Victoria