Knowledge Management and Benchmarking for Health Care System Development Activities

Annamaija Paunu, Hannele Väyrynen, Nina Helander

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Knowledge management (KM) has a central role in developing health care services both at the organization and at the system level. Benchmarking can be used as a tool in KM especially for knowledge creation and acquisition, but also for knowledge sharing phases of KM process. In the end, the value created by benchmarking is still measured in the knowledge utilization phase. In all of these KM process phases there can be several challenges for successful benchmarking. In this paper, the benefits and challenges of benchmarking as a tool for KM is studied through two empirical, qualitative case studies from the Finnish health care system. Empirical findings suggest that more effective benchmarking can be achieved by strengthening strategy orientation and systematic approach. Strategy-driven benchmark practices ensure that benchmarking is targeted correctly. In turn, systematic approach can be increased through well-planned knowledge acquisition, sharing and documentation, and by harnessing operations in networks as a goal-oriented part of the development of the health care organizations’ competencies and operations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 14th International Joint Conference on Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (IC3K 2022)
EditorsJorge Bernardino , Elio Masciari, Colette Rolland , Joaquim Filipe
Volume3 : KMIS
ISBN (Electronic)978-989-758-614-9
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Publication typeA4 Article in conference proceedings
EventInternational Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Systems - Valletta, Malta
Duration: 24 Oct 202226 Oct 2022

Publication series

ISSN (Electronic)2184-3228


ConferenceInternational Conference on Knowledge Management and Information Systems


  • Knowledge Management, Benchmarking, Healthcare, Case Study

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1


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