Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Is Knowledge Management Dead?

There has been a great deal of discussion on the actKM discussion forum about the demise of knowledge management. And if it is dead, who killed it? Some of that discussion has sprung from an interview by Patrick Lambe of Larry Prusack and Dave Snowden. Here is the video of the interview. There seems to be some agreement that at least parts of knowledge management are dead. In particular, the big, database driven "borg" attempts at knowledge management have not proven successful. There seems to be re-invigoration of knowledge management growing from the use of social media tools as part of a knowledge management program.


  1. KM dead? Come on. Big Bang KM has been dead for a long time now for anyone paying attention. But KM as a field of study and as a potential marketplace differentiator is alive and well and will be for a long, long time.

    We haven't even scratched the surface. Google, Microsoft and just about every big name tech company in the valley (and lots of small ones) are continuing to push the envelope on the tools side, and "tools" is not where the real innovation lies.

    The real innovation is happening in the people and process space.

  2. @clevya -

    Not dead yet. As I said and as you point out, there is a rejuvenation of knowledge management.

    I was said to hear the IBM is now calling it knowledge sharing instead of knowledge management.


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