Knowledge and Education Management (WBM)

Problem and Objective

In modern and highly developed economies, the production factor knowledge increasingly complements or replaces the "classic" production factors labor, resources and capital. In the past few years under the heading of knowledge management (KM) the following aspects has been discussed: The kind of knowledge employees ought to have, how knowledge can be displayed and stored, how knowledge is enhanced, how knowledge can be identified, measured and used. Especially the development of web 2.0, which increasingly integrates users into content development, has implications for operational KM. Thus, research has to be carried out on how far web 2.0 technologies can complement or replace classic knowledge management solutions in enterprises. Wikis, weblogs or social networking services pose technical and organizational challenges in the area of content management, which require an adjustment of existing solutions. This includes concepts of authorization and identity management on the internet and in IT-environments of enterprises.

Education management is also closely related to knowledge management. With regard to blended-learning and eLearning scenarios, research is carried out on how learners interact virtually in the learning process and how the degree of learning can be measured by modern education and training concepts. Therefore, new learning and simulation environments have to be conceptualized, implemented and evaluated. Special focus is laid on systems for adaptive simulation of complex tasks that control the learning process and measure competence levels and learning progress. Web 2.0 technologies and Social Software applications also imply complex implications for the development of such applications. Another aspect is the "mobilization" of learning scenarios, the use of mobile devices for learning and teaching, as well as the dynamic creation of content. Mobile learning scenarios and web 2.0 approaches, therefore, have to be taken into consideration in learning and simulation environments.

Current research topics

  • IT-based tools for measuring levels of competences in training and further education
  • Integration of knowledge management technologies in product lifecycle management
  • Integration of micro and mobile learning in organizational education and training

Completed research topics

  • Integration of web 2.0 technologies in enterprise knowledge management




  • Daimler AG
  • Mahr GmbH
  • Multi-Media Berufsbildende Schulen Hannover
  • Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kultur
  • Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Volkswagen AG
  • Technische Universität Braunschweig
  • Technische Universität Clausthal
  • Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Universität Hannover
  • Universität Kassel
  • Universität Oldenburg
  • Universität Osnabrück
  • Universität Saarbrücken