Why and How to Measure Your Knowledge Management Program’s Performance

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Measurement has always been a divisive topic in KM. Some knowledge managers insist that anecdotal evidence is more powerful than data and that the energy involved in calculating KM’s business impact would be better spent improving the organization’s KM offerings. This attitude is understandable. It takes a lot of energy to prove KM’s worth, the exercise does not in itself generate any value for the organization, and executives who are skeptical of KM may rationalize away even the most carefully constructed metrics.

Why It’s So Hard to Engage Senior Leaders in KM—And What to Do About It

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Executives are very busy people. They can also be skeptical when it comes to new initiatives, especially when they can’t immediately see how an investment will translate to the bottom line. That’s a big factor in why it’s so hard for knowledge management teams to get leaders on their side, much less convince them to become active participants in KM platforms and approaches.

The Most Effective Messages to Motivate KM Participation

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Motivating employees to share and reuse knowledge has always been the holy grail of knowledge management. But what actually convinces people to change their habits and incorporate KM into their daily activities—to join a community, answer questions in an online forum, post and edit content, or search for lessons learned? 

What Are the Best Knowledge Management Reporting Relationships?

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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.

When and How Much to Invest in Knowledge Management Technology

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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.

How Does Your KM Program Stack Up Against the Competition?

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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

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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

Working Out Loud Is KM’s Most Transformative Trend

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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.

Knowledge Management Experts on KM’s Role in Digital Transformation

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APQC asked KM experts about emerging trends in KM, digital transformation, and the importance of soft skills. These experts will be speaking at APQC’s 23rd Annual Knowledge Management Conference April 16-20.

Roundtable participants include:

How to Get Your KM Strategy Right from the Start

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APQC asked a roundtable of knowledge management professionals about the biggest mistakes people make in KM strategy, how to identify problems that KM can solve, and the common traits of successful KM programs. All of our roundtable participants will be presenters at APQC’s 2018 KM Conference April 16-20 in Houston.

The roundtable included the following participants: