Working Group 3: Management of knowledge
This working group, one of the three working groups of the IKM Emergent Research Programme 2007-2012, will be investigating the role of information and knowledge within organizations in the development sector? Why is this necessary?
Although there has been much work on knowledge within development, much of it is fragemented and piecemeal. Such work often has an overly practioner-based focus with insufficient grounding in the body of related research. Our working group has the ambition to look at the role of knowledge in development from a system-wide persective, looking at what has been achieved so far, and building on this to develop new approaches. Our mission is to promote a type of knowledge management that is more focused on strategic development objectives and less on the possibilities of the tools and techniques, substantial though these may be. To promote this mission, we will be working with what we are calling ‘fellow travellers’, organizations, networks and individuals with similar ambitions and goals.
Our key message:
A development strategy comes first, followed by a knowledge management strategy in its service. Tools and technology should be in service of these, and not vice versa.
Our approach is based on:
As a group of hybrid researchers-practitioners and practitioner-researchers were are undertaking indepth research into what is happening in the fast-moving field on knowledge management for development, and to build on this to develop new, development oriented research agendas.
We will be investigating the practice on knowledge management in development organizations, working with organizations and practitioners. Although we don’t believe in ‘best practices’ as such, we do will be investigating initiatives that are able to bridge the divides between knowledge asymetries to highlight their experience for others.
We are aiming to shape, with others, the agenda setting around knowledge management for development.