What Are the Best Knowledge Management Reporting Relationships?

Lauren Trees's picture

Where should knowledge management sit on the org chart? I’ve been asked this question countless times, usually by KM leaders hoping to get their programs in front of the right influencers. My traditional answer is a little wishy-washy and boils down to: KM programs can—and do—report almost anywhere, and the best option depends on context.

4-Step Guide to Knowledge Mapping

Mercy Harper's picture

Knowledge mapping is one of the most powerful knowledge management (KM) approaches. A knowledge map is a visual representation of the organization’s intellectual capital. With it, stakeholders can pinpoint where critical knowledge is, how it flows, and any barriers or gaps. This helps companies focus resources on the most dangerous knowledge risks and the most fruitful knowledge opportunities.

When and How Much to Invest in Knowledge Management Technology

Lauren Trees's picture

At APQC, we’ve long argued that your knowledge management strategy should dictate decisions about technology, not the other way around. Companies that chase every new KM “solution” without a clear business case rarely get the results they’re looking for. But analysis of APQC’s benchmarking data shows that technology investment is an integral component of knowledge management success.

Strategic Planning for Knowledge Management

Cindy Hubert's picture

For years I have been curious about how organizations develop and execute strategies. I think my curiosity comes from countless articles and research that says a large percentage (up to 70% according to one source) of strategies never make it off the paper they are on and into action. Or, maybe it’s because one of the most frequently asked KM questions that APQC gets is “how do I align our KM strategy to the organization’s objectives and strategies?” 

How Does Your KM Program Stack Up Against the Competition?

Lauren Trees's picture

Competitiveness is ingrained in human nature. We like feedback on our own performance, but we also like to peek over the fence to see what others are doing—and if they’re doing it better than we are. The same is true in knowledge management. If you’re involved in a KM program, you’re probably curious how your results compare to others, especially organizations that look like yours or have similar knowledge-related goals.

Making KM Digital, Smart, and Engaging in 2018

Lauren Trees's picture

The theme of APQC’s 2018 Knowledge Management Conference—Digital, Smart, and Engaging—was a nod to both the technology shifts influencing the KM space and the continuing need to think about KM through a human lens and motivate employees to document, share, and reuse knowledge. The balance between people, process, and technology has always been a tricky tightrope in KM, and many organizations are working to understand how that balance is changing in light of new tools and capabilities.

Key Takeaways from the Conference

Keys to Evolve and Sustain a KM Program

Elizabeth Larson's picture

Growing up, I spent a lot of time watching baseball and sports movies. One of my favorite movies was Field of Dreams and I can still remember hearing Shoeless Joe say, “If you build it, he will come.” Those of us who’ve seen the movie recall that it wasn’t an easy feat to build a baseball field in the middle of Iowa when resources were scarce and people didn’t understand why a baseball field made sense.

Knowledge management (KM) is a bit like building a baseball field in the middle of Iowa. It’s exciting and thrilling, yet filled with unknowns.

How to Overcome Barriers to KM Engagement Through Storytelling

Elizabeth Larson's picture

I remember the first time I watched a TED talk. I was mesmerized by the story, wondering who this person was and how they kept me curious, attentive, and engaged. The speaker masterfully wove together a personal vignette and linked it with a broader theme to captivate my attention. My emotions were captured, I was transported into another person’s world, and above all, I was now an advocate for this way of learning and communicating. Years later, I can’t remember who it was or the topic discussed, but I remember how I felt.

Working Out Loud Is KM’s Most Transformative Trend

Lauren Trees's picture

Last week I had the pleasure of recording a podcast with Stan Garfield, a long-time community leader, experienced speaker, and prolific author in the knowledge management space. I asked Stan about the latest developments in knowledge management, and he shared his top 10 list of trends and hot topics.

How to Get People to REALLY Share Knowledge in Groups

Carla O'Dell's picture

One of the biggest problems in organizations is that people are afraid to speak up. This fear leads to bad decisions, bad feelings, lost opportunities, and disengaged employees. It’s an epidemic. It is especially poignant for those of us who are so passionately committed to knowledge sharing.

How can we help people feel safe to share opinions and information?