Waking Knowledge Management

Dave Snowden wrote a brilliant blog post yesterday on “whence knowledge management?”. He thinks it’s on it’s last legs in its present life, hence the “wake” – but as he says in his post, “waking” something (in the Celtic tradition) is a celebration of life and a moving on. His appreciation of the contributions of KM and its resilience, together with its flaws, the best I’ve seen. I’m not as sure as he is that we’ve quite reached the end of the fad cycle, for example we’re still trying to process the distinctions and crossovers between KM and information management. And the technology focus in conferences is not surprising (the vendors who sponsor the conferences sell mostly software) – but we are still very far from intelligent design and use of technology at an enterprise level for KM – the technology is still very mechanistic for what is essentially a naturalistic discipline. But for a state of the notion address, this is a fantastic summary.

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