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Towards a Business-Driven Process Model for Knowledge Security Risk Management: Making Sense of Knowledge Risks

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Knowledge Management
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The purpose of this paper is to introduce a model to manage knowledge security risks in organizations. Knowledge security risk management is a sensemaking process that should be carried out by managers, and the proposed model works as a tool for the sensemaking process. The model is illustrated with an analytical case example. The process model helps to identify knowledge security risks and provides a comprehensive approach to evaluating and balancing the costs and benefits of knowledge sharing and knowledge risk management. The paper addresses calls for research on the emerging topic of knowledge security and the important topic of new knowledge sharing tools from the combined perspectives of business benefits and risk management. The results presented in this paper are preliminary and conceptual, and further research on the topic is suggested. The process model proposed in this paper can be a valuable tool for practitioners aiming to develop knowledge sharing practices in companies, and at the same time need to consider the security of knowledge.


  • Knowledge Protection, Knowledge Risks, Knowledge Sharing, Sensemaking

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