Cook Medal Previous Awards

  • 2018 - Fausto Di Vincenzo, Daniele Mascia
  • 2016 - Duncan Pentland, Kirsty Forsyth, Donald MacIver, Mike Walsh, Richard Murray, Linda Irvine
  • 2014 - Paul Jackson, Jane Klobas

Citation for Cook Medal 2018

Fausto Di Vincenzo, D’Annunzio University, Italy; Daniele Mascia, University of Bologna, Italy 

Knowledge development and advice networks in professional organizations

Knowledge Management Research and Practice, 15 (2): 201-213

It is with great pleasure that we announce Fausto Di Vincenzo and Daniele Mascia as the recipients of the 2018 Cook Award for the best paper in Knowledge Management Research and Practice for their paper entitled “Knowledge development and advice networks in professional organisations”.

This paper explores the personal advice networks developed by a community of hospital physicians in Italy. It uses a combination of social network analysis and regression models to document how the level of knowledge development and the extent to which knowledge is distributed amongst collaborating physicians is related to the redundancy of their advice networks as well as the different professional groups that people belong to.

The judges wish to congratulate the authors on producing a research study that simultaneously presents specialist findings whilst producing conclusions of wider interest to the general readership of this journal. The results provide valuable input for the management of knowledge networks within professional organizations and contributes to both the theory and practice of Knowledge Management.

KMRP, Volume 15, p 201-213

Citation for Cook Medal 2016

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 

Enabling integrated knowledge acquisition and management in health care teams

Knowledge Management Research & Practice, (2014) 12 (4), 362-374

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.

Duncan Pentland winner of 2015 Cook Medal with Ruth Kaufman

Duncan Pentland receives the medal from OR Society President Ruth Kaufman

Citation for Cook Medal 2014

Paul Jackson and Jane Klobas

Deciding to use an enterprise wiki: the role of social institutions and scripts

Knowledge Management Research & Practice, (2013) 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.