Knowledge Management (KM)

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Nov 6, 2013 (3 years and 8 months ago)

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Current Trends in
Knowledge
Management (KM)

Agne Mileviciute

National American University

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Current Trends in KM


According to Creech (2005), there are seven trends that
are influencing how organizations are dealing with
knowledge management:


Convergence



Knowledge concepts and practices for international
organizations have emerged out of management
approaches into the private sector, innovation in the uses
of information and communication technologies, and
processes for addressing international development
through consultative approaches.

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Current Trends in KM


Transition from the storage and retrieval of information to
active engagement with the knowledge user

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KM has moved well beyond the systematic collection,
archiving and retrieval of information.


Shifting emphasis from knowledge to influence

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Knowledge management practice now includes the
creation of internal communities to foster face
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to
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face and
e
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mail interaction among staff.

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Current Trends in KM


A new focus on social capital and social networks

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Organizations are now looking at the tools and training
for staff to map their existing social networks and to
understand how to build 'social capital' with their
colleagues, clients and audiences.


Open source/open content: addressing the democratization of
knowledge sharing
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Again, according to Creech (2005), the open source
concept (involves the release among computer
programmers of source code for others to work with) is
of growing interest to knowledge
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based organizations.


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Current Trends in KM


The adoption of different modalities

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There is growing interest in how collaboration among
groups of people can be 'governed' rather than 'managed.'
An organization creates the space for knowledge
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sharing
through providing leadership and resources, and through
clear articulation of roles and expectations, and then lets
the emerging community run itself.


Adaptive management




There is an increasing recognition that for learning to be
transformational, there have to be mechanisms for
monitoring work, relationships and knowledge exchanges
as they progress

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Green IT?


According to Smallwood (2008), there is a need
to control and reduce emissions and waste even
in the KM world and it is becoming a trend to
reduce hardware and energy requirements by
using technologies and methods like
virtualization, power optimization and even
telecommuting.



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References:


Creech, H. 2005. A Synopsis of Trends in

Knowledge

Management. Retrieved July 15, 2008 from

http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2006/networks_km_tr

ends.pdf


Smallwood, R. 2008. Green IT: soon, not optional.

Retrieved July 18, 2008 from:

http://www.kmworld.com/Articles/News/News

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