Larry Prusak Expert on Knowledge Management
  • How Can Employees Be Encouraged to Make Efficient, Productive, and Innovative Decisions?
  • How Can Knowledge Be Nurtured in Organizations?
  • How Can Managers Harness the Experience and Wisdom within Their Organizations More Effectively?
  • How Do Some Global Companies Build Successful Knowledge Projects, while Others Fail?
  • How is a Knowledge-Oriented Corporate Culture Created?
  • How is Trust Built Throughout an Enterprise?
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Larry Prusak 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.
A noted authority in his field, Larry has lectured and been published widely. His book publications include co-editing Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning (Oxford University Press, 2005), Judgment Days (Harvard Business Press, 2011) and co-authoring Storytelling in Organizations (Elsevier, 2004).
His publications 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.
In Good 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 2000.
Managing Information Strategically (John Wiley & Sons, 1994), co-authored with James McGee, is a basic text on the role of information in gaining competitive advantage.
Larry’s 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.
He holds 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.

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