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Awards - The Cook Medal

The Cook Medal is awarded in recognition of the most outstanding contribution to the philosophy, theory or practice of Knowledge Management published in Knowledge Management Research & Practice (KMRP) within the relevant period.

Cook Medal

Awarded in 2015 for the best paper published in the 2014 and 2015 volumes

Duncan Pentland, Queen Margaret University, Kirsty Forsyth, Queen Margaret University, Donald MacIver, Queen Margaret University, Mike Walsh, University of Stirling, Richard Murray, NHS Lothian, Linda Irvine, NHS Lothian (DUNCAN IS THE ONLY ATTENDEE)

Enabling integrated knowledge acquisition and management in health care teams
Knowledge Management Research & Practice 12, 362-374

Duncan Pentland and Ruth Kaufman

Through an action research collaboration, this paper explores how published research knowledge can be acquired, organised and shared inside a specialist mental health service.  The paper describes how different concepts and approaches in Knowledge Management can be successfully integrated to support the practice of mental health professionals.  It provides practical and theoretical considerations for combining people, processes and technology.
The paper creates insights and potential for informing many similar situations – both within Health Care contexts and potentially to other situations where people seek to manage and use published research sources to better inform professional practices.

The authors are all congratulated not only on the quality of the paper but also on the level of collaboration and synthesis of ideas they demonstrated through their research.


Awarded in 2014 for the best paper published in the 2012 and 2013 volumes

Paul Jackson and Jane Klobas

Deciding to use an enterprise wiki: the role of social institutions and scripts
Knowledge Management Research & Practice 11(4) 323-333

This paper does indeed bring together both research and practice in its study of software implementation for knowledge sharing in a minerals firm extracting high volume commodities such as coal and mineral sands.

The paper presents an ethnographic study of this implementation to better understand why some people chose to use the system and others did not. The study contributes to knowledge management literature through demonstrating the use of institutional scripts to analyse different decisions made within the same company about appropriate methods for knowledge sharing.

The judges would like to congratulate the authors on their research, which we recognise as having broad appeal to both practitioners and academics alike.