Laurence Prusak

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Laurence (Larry) Prusak is a researcher and consultant and was the founder and director of the Institute for Knowledge Management. This was a global consortium of member organizations engaged in advancing the practice of knowledge management through action research. Larry has been studying knowledge and learning in organizations for the past two decades and has extensive experience, both within the U.S. and internationally, in helping organizations with their information and knowledge resources. He has also consulted with many U.S. and overseas government agencies, NGO's, as well as having taught and lectured in many universities. In addition he has been widely quoted, has published several innovative and influential books, and has given over 200 major speeches.


Опыт работы

  • Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Babson College. Co-Director, Working Knowledge Research Program, Babson College 2004-present
  • Senior advisor on knowledge issues, NASA (U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Agency), 2005-present
  • Senior advisor to McKinsey and Co., 2002-2006
  • Founder and Executive Director, Institute of Knowledge Management, IBM Corp., 1996-2002
  • Founder and Principal, Center for Business Innovation, Ernst and Young, 1990-1996
  • Principal, Mercer Management Consulting 1980-1990
  • Taught social and economic history and the history of ideas in several universities in the New York City area, 1972-1978

Преподавательская деятельность

  • Working Knowledge Research program, Babson College. 2004-present
  • Creating the 21st Century Organization, Harvard University Business School, Executive Education Program, 2004-2007
  • First Trust Bank Chair of Innovation, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. 2005
  • Visiting Scholar, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. 2004,2006
  • Visiting Scholar, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, 2005
  • Fellow, Jones Center, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania 2003-2005

Выступал как приглашенный лектор в следующих университетах:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
  • Stanford University,
  • University of Southern California,
  • New York University,
  • National University of Taiwan,
  • University of Melbourne,
  • Warwick University,
  • Luiss Business School(Rome),
  • Copenhagen Business School,
  • Stockholm School of Economics,
  • Korean National University,
  • and Emirates Center for Strategic Studies.



  • Managing Information Strategically(with James McGee) John Wiley, 1994
  • Information Ecology(with Tom Davenport) Oxford University Press, 1997
  • Working Knowledge(with Tom Davenport) Harvard University Business School Press, 1998 Paperback edition 2001
  • In Good Company(with Donald Cohen) Harvard University Business School Press, 2002
  • What's The Big Idea(with Tom Davenport) Harvard Business School Press, 2004
  • Creating Value with Knowledge(edited with Eric Lesser) Oxford University Press, 2003
  • Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning(edited with Eric Matson) Oxford University Press, 2006
  • The Future of Knowledge to be published by Harvard University Business School Press, 2009

Автор отдельных глав в книгах:

  • "My Life as a Storyteller" in: Storytelling in Organizations, edited by Steven Denning, Elsevier, 1999
  • "People who Make Organizations Go or Stop" in: Networks in the Knowledge Economy, Oxford University Press edited by Rob Cross, et. al., 2002

"Political Economy of Knowledge Markets"(with Rob Cross) in: Handbook of Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management edited by Marjorie Lyles et. al. Blackwell Publishers 2003

  • "Knowledge Management in Consulting Firms"(with Tom Davenport) in: The

Contemporary Consultant ed. by Flemming Poulfelt et al.

  • "Knowledge in Organizational Settings"(with Leigh Weiss) in: Knowledge Creation and

Management ed. by I. Nonaka Oxford University Press, 2007

  • "Seeing Knowledge Plain:How to make Knowledge Visible"(with Leigh Weiss), in: New

Frontiers of Knowledge Management edited by K. De Souza, Palgrave Macmillan

Основные статьи:

  • "Blow Up the Corporate Library"(with Tom Davenport), International Journal of Information Management, 1995
  • "Information Politics"(with Tom Davenport), Sloan Management Review, 1996
  • "The Eleven Sins of Knowledge Management", California Management Review, 1998
  • 'Where Did Knowledge Management Come From", IBM Systems Journal, 2002
  • "How to Invest in Social capital"(with Don Cohen), Harvard Business Review, 2002
  • "People Who Make Organizations Go-and Stop"(with Rob Cross), Harvard Business Review, 2003
  • "Preserving Knowledge in an Uncertain World" (with Eric Lesser), Sloan Management Review, 2003
  • "Who's Bringing You Your Hot Ideas"(with Tom Davenport), Harvard Business Review, 2003
  • "The Performance Variability Dilemma"(with Eric Matson), Sloan Management Review, 2003
  • "The Madness of Individuals"Harvard Business Review, 2004
  • "Learning from Internet Giants"(with Leigh Weiss, et al) Sloan Management review, 2005
  • "The World is Round", Harvard Business Review, 2006
  • "The Cost of Knowledge", Harvard Business Review, 2006"
  • "Knowledge Networks in the Age of the Semantic Web", Briefings in Bio-informatics, 2007
  • "Knowledge Heuristics", Techno-innovation, 2008
  • "Organizational Governance of Knowledge and Learning"(with Bruce Strong, et al), Knowledge and Process Management, 2008


  • H.W. Wilson award for Best Article in Information Science, 1999
  • Voted one of ten most admired leaders Knowledge Leaders in the World, Telos, 2000
  • Lewin Spirit Award from Organizational Science, 2000
  • Simmons College Distinguished Alumni Award, 2001
  • McKinsey Award Judge, Harvard Business Review, 2003
  • In Good Company voted one of ten best business books of the year by Harvard Business Review, 2003
  • Honorary Ph.D. in Information Science from Long Island University, 2003


  • B.A. History, Long Island University
  • M.A. History, New York University
  • All course work and exams completed for PhD in History, New York University
  • M.S. Information Science, Simmons College
  • Honorary Ph.D, Long Island University