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Designing Knowledge

Photo of The Rightful Place of Science: Designing Knowledge, book coverThe Rightful Place of Science: Designing Knowledge, book coverSnapshot : Designing Knowledge Systems for Organizational Success

Principal Investigators(s) :
Munoz-Erickson, Tischa A. 
Research Station : International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)
Year : 2018
Highlight ID : 1487


In the 21st century, knowledge is an organization's most important asset. As with other public and private organizations, the Forest Service spends enourmous resources on knowledge to inform and support important decisions, to guide strategic planning, and prepare for the future.  A Forest Service scientist published a book, Designing Knowledge, that provides organizations, such as public agencies, research institutions, private companies, and civic groups, with the tools they need to upgrade their knowledge assets to more effectively address the complex challenges we face, such as global environmental change, urbanization, extreme weather risks, and many others. Chapters in the book cover various lessons from various cases where failures in knowledge systems contributed to environmental and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. The book presents a novel framework for managers to assess the social and institutional practices they use to generate, validate, circulate, and apply knowledge and evaluate how well these practices are providing the necessary data and information to make decisions

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Dr. Clark Miller, School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University