A study of pre-Greek antiquity knowledge, knowledge management and depositories in ancient Egypt

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A study of pre-Greek antiquity knowledge, knowledge management and depositories in ancient Egypt


Author: Rady, Tawfik Nasr Eldin
Title: A study of pre-Greek antiquity knowledge, knowledge management and depositories in ancient Egypt
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2012
Subject: Knowledge management.
Knowledge management -- History.
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Dept. of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Pages: xxxviii, 443 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 30 cm.
Language: English
InnoPac Record: http://library.polyu.edu.hk/record=b2473582
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/6421
Abstract: Greek era is considered as the cradle of knowledge and KM in the history of KM. In spite of her contribution to knowledge and KM, that overlooks the efforts, contributions and achievements of pre-Greek civilizations that contributed to the humanity knowledge and KM. As an example, Ancient Egypt civilization is one of the pre-Greek era that generated materials that might be amounted to knowledge. The objective is to study if there are materials generated during Ancient Egypt era that amounted to be considered as knowledge and if the basic key elements of KM and knowledge processes existed and were practiced. During the course of the study, materials believed to be knowledge and KM like activities conducted in Ancient Egypt are collected and studied to conclude whether or not knowledge and KM existed during pre-Greek era and that whether or not pre-Greek era civilizations contributed to humanity accumulated collective knowledge and KM we have in hand today. In spite of the scarcity of resources, materials recorded on papyri, wooden logs, animal skins and the walls of the monuments, or depositories, the knowledge repositories of the time, were collected, categorized and checked for traces of knowledge. According to test results, materials were shortlisted and filtered. The concepts and methods practiced in managing knowledge during the era were tested for traces of the basic KM four key elements, namely people, process, technology and contents. Principal models of Knowledge Processes were studied to choose a model suitable to map processes practiced during Ancient Egypt era that could amount to be KM processes. Seven models of Knowledge Processes were chosen and studied, please refer to chapter 11 section 11.2 for a list of them. The model taught during the course of ISE542 Managing Knowledge was chosen. Processes practiced during Ancient Egypt eras were mapped to the model. The study concluded that the materials collected and tested display what is amounted to be knowledge of the time. The basic KM four key elements were existed and knowledge processes practiced during the era mapped to the chosen model successfully. That proves knowledge and KM existed in the pre-Greek era and pre-Greek civilizations achievements should be recognized as part of antiquity knowledge and in knowledge & KM history. Throughout the thesis direct translation is adopted for text quoted from papyri and other sources. Chapter 7.4.4 and Appendices E, F & G are examples. That resulted in some English grammatical mistakes but kept the exact wordings and meaning of the document. Unless otherwise is stated, all the images are from public free-copyright media.

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