People and Knowledge Management (PKM) interest group at SBM ITB emerged as a movement that attempted to introduce and explore the importance and role of people and their knowledge in organizations.

Their mission is to provide high quality and applicable research and learning materials that will improve personal and business effectiveness in the People and Knowledge Management field.

Since its inception, PKM as an interest group has expanded its scope of inquiry to include a diverse range of related areas. However, they have highlights on the following aspects:

  1. Develop and enrich knowledge in human capital management that will support the creation of effective leader characters with good integrity, strong mentality, and high energy.
  2. Reveal the potential of people to play significant roles for the organization and all of its stakeholders.

Body of Knowledge

PKM interest group covers areas related to organizational development, people management, and knowledge management. Our research scope includes, but not limited to the following general fields:

1. Organization Behavior
Organizational Behavior (OB) is generally a study of individual and group behaviors in organizations. It is in itself an interdisciplinary field, influenced by psychology, sociology and other social science studies of organizations. Within People & Knowledge Management, OB becomes the foundation of all other fields (Knowledge Management & Innovation, Human Capital Management, Social & Ethical Studies in Business and Management).

2. Knowledge Management and Innovation (KMI)
Knowledge Management and Innovation (KMI) is concerned with knowledge creation, storing, disseminating/transfer/sharing, and utilization for the purpose of innovation, prosperity, and well-being. There six streams in KM, which are:

(i) KM Methodology and Practice,
(ii) KM in organizational information processing,
(iii) KM in organizational intelligence,
(iv) KM in organizational development,
(v) Integration KM and Learning, and
(vi) KM role in a management function.

The competitive business atmosphere urges business organizations to grow and adapt quickly to the changing environment. The ability to change and innovate via collaboration will determine the organization sustainability rate in a competitive situation.

3. Human Capital Management (HCM)
Human Capital Management (HCM) is concerned with systematic approaches and activities that allow employees to build their competence, engagement, and citizenship to create sustainable and transient competitiveness.

Organizational growth is strongly linked with the willingness of its members to be involved in each aspect of the organization. Employee contribution becomes the inputs for developing the organization. Employee behavior can be learned from the individual group and business level analysis. Therefore, employees’ capability, motivation, emotional quotient (EQ) will become the key success factor for organizations.

4. Social & Ethical Studies in Business and Management
Business is not an alienated aspect of life. On the contrary, business activity is an important aspect in life, and it is giving both positive and negative impacts on the surrounding community. This creates an organization’s social responsibility to contribute to the public in order to develop an ethical and fair situation.

Cross-Cultural and Social-Ethical Issues in Management (CSM) is a multidisciplinary theme, encompassing interpretive and critical approaches to management. Overall, it is concerned with the overall welfare of individuals, groups, organizations, and the larger society.

5. Leadership and Organizational Performance
How business leaders lead their organization will strongly affect business results. Organizational performance will be also be determined by the right leadership style to direct and motivate the employees.

Globalization is inevitable. Consequently, the individual and organizational relationships will be a challenge as there are so many different cultural backgrounds. This diversity, if not managed well, can be a barrier to overcome global challenges.

Research Roadmap

The Interest Group of People and Knowledge Management (PKM) emerged as a movement that seeks to introduce and explore the important role of People and their knowledge in the organization. PKM as a knowledge & skills group has expanded the scope in research to cover 4 areas, including:

  1. Organizational Behavior
  2. Knowledge and Innovation Management
  3. Human Resource Management
  4. Social-Ethical Studies in Business and Management


Head: Donald Crestofel Lantu, S.T., M.B.A., Ph.D.