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ToolsUnder these terms, a wide range of knowledge sharing tools has been developed aiming to respond to the needs of all relevant cases. The forms and the implications of knowledge sharing, in the context of knowledge management, are examined in this paper. Two specific knowledge sharing tools, blogs and intranets, are examined and evaluated – at the level that they can help to understand the contribution of knowledge sharing in the development of knowledge management. The key aspects of knowledge management, as the framework in which knowledge sharing operates, are also examined. particular emphasis is given on the fact that the forms of knowledge sharing tools used for serving the relevant needs of individuals and organizations are many, a fact indicating the lack of an integrated tool for knowledge sharing in both the social and the business context. 1. Introduction In modern market, the need for communication is intensive. effective communication is a prerequisite for the success of various projects, personal or business. In this context, the sharing of knowledge has been considered as of crucial importance in order for various social and economic targets to be achieved. For this reason, a series of theoretical frameworks has been established aiming to help people to understand the value of communication and to choose the tools that would best help them to communicate and share knowledge with other people in the same or different social context. Current paper focused on the various aspects of knowledge management as a key prerequisite of communication in different environments. the most important knowledge management processes and tools are examined and evaluated. Reference is made to knowledge management as part both of social life and organizational activity. Emphasis is given on a particular aspect of knowledge management: the knowledge sharing. The literature published in the specific field has been reviewed aiming to show the role and the challenges of knowledge sharing as a key organizational activity, referring to the main role of knowledge management, as an organizational process. at the same time, two different knowledge management tools are presented and analysed: blogs and intranets. Both of them are likely to operate in different environments, i.e. both at workplace or at home. It is concluded that knowledge management, as part of a specific social or business activity is a significant prerequisite of effective communication. However, the following issue appears: can knowledge sharing tools, as described in this paper, have a standardized form or they are likely to be continuously changed – in order to meet the requirements of specific organizational or social context? The examination of the characteristics and the requirements of knowledge sharing tools has led to the assumption that these tools may change in terms of their operational characteristics and requirements. however, their key form and role remains the same. Moreover, their involvement in communication and knowledge sharing is also likely to be differentiated – under the influence of the local, economic and political conditions. 2. Knowledge management – overview, role In order to understand the potential value and the challeng