Meta-analyses of organisational strategies for KM

RKMDThe first issue of the Knowledge Management for Development Journal to be published by Routledge (Volume 5, Issue 1, 2009) has now appeared, focusing on the subject of KM in organisations. Guest editors of this issue comprised Ewen Le Borgne, Catherine Vaillancourt-Laflamme and Ivan Kulis. The issue has been produced in the context of the Information and Knowledge Management Emergent Research Programme (IKM Emergent) Continue reading

10- KM4D: Three Viewpoints

“KM for Development” or KM4D can be seen from different viewpoints.

Level 1. Community viewpoint

We saw earlier in “Unconscious KM and Conscious KM” that successful anti-poverty projects are those that leveraged well the intangible assets owned by or accessible to the community, and that the broader concept of “intangible assets” and the even broader construct of “metacapital” are preferable units of management than the more limited “knowledge assets” or “knowledge”. Continue reading

KM4D stretching its wings

Good news for KM4D as a formal discipline. Emerging from under the wings of big sisters KM and development science, it is starting to establish itself as a field in its own right. Over the past year, knowledge management for development has been increasingly making its appearance in academia. Various people* are conducting post-doctoral research on various KM4D related topics, which will help generate some in-depth insight into the field. But moreover, KM4D is being taught at undergraduate, graduate and even postgraduate level as a specific course, module, tutorial or lecture. At an academic level, the topic covers a broad array of disciplines – ranging from development studies, geography, medicine, business administration, management studies and cross cutting fields. This may contribute to a new generation of well-informed, broadly oriented young professionals and researchers who have the ability to think out of their academic box, and beyond borders… And should help build up concrete evidence for policymakers and decision-makers, of the added value and importance of knowledge to development. Add to this the multi-level IKM Emergent programme, the KM4D Journal, which has published over 100 contributions since its inception, and we see increasing evidence that a formal scientific domain is slowly emerging from the practice.

minerva, Auguste Rodin (1905-07)
Minerva, Auguste Rodin (1905-07)

* [current research being undertaken by Ben Ramamlingam, Lorraine Mancey, Sarah Cummings, Julie Ferguson. Anyone else??? Let us know!] Continue reading