Bulletin of the World Health Organization

The knowledge-value chain: a conceptual framework for knowledge translation in health

Rejean Landry, Nabil Amara, Ariel Pablos-Mendez, Ramesh Shademani, & Irving Gold


This article briefly discusses knowledge translation and lists the problems associated with it. Then it uses knowledge management literature to develop and propose a knowledge-value chain framework in order to provide an integrated conceptual model of knowledge management and application in public health organizations. The knowledge-value chain is a non-linear concept and is based on the management of five dyadic capabilities: mapping and acquisition, creation and destruction, integration and sharing/transfer, replication and protection, and performance and innovation.