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Managing Knowledge Security: Strategies for Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Assets Hardcover – August 1, 2007

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Kogan Page; 1 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749449616
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749449612
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,266,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is your best bet to galvanize your team and your organization. This is must reading for CXO's in every firm. If you read one management book this year, this is the one to read and to act on - immediately!" Mike Williams, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Parsons Brinckerhoff "While reading this book I was actually scared - our intellectual property is in many cases unprotected and this book is doing a good job by showing how important this issue is to the senior management of any company. A must read..." Roshan D'Silva, Chairman and CEO, Myzus "Desouza has taken a difficult issue and dealt with it in a comprehensive manner. A must read for all CEO's and those involved with the strategic direction of the company." Robert H. Buckman, Chairman of the Executive Committee - Board of Directors, Bulab Holdings, Inc., Retired CEO, Bulab Holdings, Inc.(Buckman Laboratories) "Insightful...Desouza offers a business-friendly realistic strategy for a security manager." Professional Security "Intellectual assets will form the basis for wealth creation... Managing Knowledge Security is concerned with the disciplines of managing and protecting these intellectual assets." CIPD Journal "A comprehensive reference work that details how to secure both the physical and intangible assets owned by a business." e.manager, March 2008

About the Author

Kevin C. Desouza is on the faculty of the Information School at the University of Washington and is a Senior Strategic Advisor to the Engaged Enterprise.

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Dr Kevin C. Desouza serves as the Associate Dean for Research at the College of Public Programs (COPP) and is a professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Immediately prior to joining ASU, he directed the Metropolitan Institute in the College of Architecture an Urban Studies and served as an associate professor at the Center for Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech. From 2005-2011, he was on the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) Information School and held adjunct appointments in the UW's College of Engineering and at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. At UW, he co-founded and directed the Institute for Innovation in Information Management (I3M); founded the Institute for National Security Education and Research, an inter-disciplinary, university-wide initiative, in August 2006 and served as its director until February 2008; and was an affiliate faculty member of the Center for American Politics and Public Policy. He holds a visiting professorship at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana. He has held visiting positions at the Center for International Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, the Groupe Sup de Co Montpellier (GSCM) Business School in France, and the Accenture Institute for High Business Performance in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA). Desouza has authored, co-authored, and/or edited nine books, the most recent being Intrapreneurship: Managing Ideas within Your Organization (University of Toronto Press, 2011). He has published more than 125 articles in prestigious practitioner and academic journals. His work has also been featured by a number of publications such as Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, Businessweek, and Computerworld, among others Desouza has advised, briefed, and/or consulted for major international corporations, non-governmental organizations, and public agencies on strategic management issues ranging from management of information systems, to knowledge management, competitive intelligence, government intelligence operations, and crisis management. Desouza has received over $1.4 million in research funding from both private and government organizations. For more information, please visit:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yukika Awazu on August 21, 2007
Format: Hardcover
"Managing Knowledge Security: Strategies for Protecting Your Company's Intellectual Assets" (by Kevin C. Desouza) is an eye-opener. Unlike books that talk about technology-based security strategies, the book spots a human-side of security strategies. Desouza asks readers to think about the most important assets that companies have to protect and claims that technology is not always a solution to secure those important assets. For example, the most important assets for a company can be senior executives. Desouza asks companies whether they have a back up plan, if their executives are down. Desouza also explains a case that how companies end up to compromise their knowledge assets through conversations made by careless senior executives at the airport. Desouza explains these cases by using illustrative examples from his experiences as a competitive intelligence officer. In addition to these examples, each chapter explains the factors that may contribute to security breaches and provides actionable strategies. The book covers security strategies from internal employees to strategic alliances. This is a must-read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. J. Burns on August 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is another informative publication by Kevin C Desouza. I really like this book, and in my opinion it is a contemporary classic in the making. This text is passionately written with clarity and brevity providing readers with a concise and comprehensive overview of the major issues concerning the complex processes of securing intellectual assets. This book spurs debate and stimulates critical thinking. Its strengths are its connection to real life scenarios plus the possibility to use it as a serious platform for discussing business practices. Crammed with spot on insights and excellent advice, this is an important book and delivers valuable lessons to the reader. It would be of extreme interest to both CEOs, directors and managers of companies (for obvious reasons) and to academics to whom I would recommend adopting it to use in a wide range of courses. An excellent book...there is a definite need for a thoughtful book of this type. It is worthy of recognition and deserves a lot of credit - it's a must read!
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In the preface, Kevin Desouza explains that in addition to demonstrating how organizations are vulnerable to breaches in security, he details how most breaches can take place without the use of sophisticated technological mechanism. "My goal is writing this book is simple, but salient: to help organizations realize that their core resources - intellectual assets - are under constant attack, and that protecting this resource is as important as any other strategic agenda. Organizations that take necessary steps to protect their knowledge will thrive in today's competitive environment, often at the expense of their less-prepared foes."

Readers will especially appreciate Desouza's skillful use of two reader-friendly devices in Chapters 2-6: "Possible causes of security breaches" and "Preventive measures." He provides a checklist for each when exploring protection of intellectual assets at the level of employees (Chapter 2), the human aspects of technical security breaches (Chapter 3), the nature of intellectual asset security when engaging with external entities (Chapter 4), the nature and dimensions of physical security (Chapter 5), and protection of intellectual assets during crises (Chapter 6). Then in the final chapter, Desouza focuses on seven strategic considerations that must be carefully thought through when devising a viable security program for intellectual assets.

All are critically important and best identified within his narrative, in context.
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