International Working Out Loud Week (#WOLWeek) is 7-13 November 2016. I’m using it as an opportunity to promote Working Out Loud (WOL) and give my own practices a boost by following the 7 days worth of actions to get you started working out loud.
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On #WOLWeek Day 1 I blogged about my current WOL Circle goal:
“to clearly explain the impact of knowledge and expertise on Australian organisations.”
For six weeks I played internet detective and asked people in my Australian network for advice on case studies and research relevant to my goal. I did start out with some case studies from conferences, but was looking for more comprehensive research and analysis. While there is a lot of online content on Knowledge Management (KM) I haven’t yet identified many detailed case studies or research that directly addresses my goal. The most promising resources are:
Australian Studies in Knowledge Management (free online access) – This book is a compilation of articles by Australasian academics and practitioners founded on their research and experience. It brings together a range of approaches seen in Knowledge Management (KM) research and practice in a logical sequence incorporating the most important elements of knowledge management. It explores knowledge management frameworks and identifies some common elements that are explored in subsequent parts of the book. Of particular relevance to my goal is the chapter ‘The Strategic Question: Why Manage Knowledge.’ This book was recommended by Rob Wilkins, who works in Information Management in the NSW Department of Education. Rob suggested that although this book was published in 2003 much of the content remains relevant.
Knowledge Management Survey (available to purchase for 95GBP = approx. AUD$160) – This report on a global survey conducted by Knoco in 2014 includes data and analysis of a range of KM aspects in organisations including:
- The focus areas, business drivers and strategies for KM across business sectors.
- The benefits delivered through KM, in dollar terms, and intangibles.
- Business metrics impacted by KM.
I hesitated to spend the money on this report, but did eventually as I’d not found any free / cheap data elsewhere. I’m waiting to receive my copy and hope that it will provide a geographic breakdown of data or commentary on common trends versus differences by region. Even if it doesn’t, the global data should be of considerable value towards my goal. Thanks to Ian Fry for recommending this resource and for our ongoing dialogue on KM from a practitioner’s perspective.
KM Body of Knowledge (BOK) Site Mockup – This is an interesting resource which was recently created as an example of what an online BOK might look like. It was automatically generated using a data compiler (visit the site for more information on how it was created). It provides links to a range of KM resources including book lists, communities of practice, capability frameworks, and tools. I’ve given it an honorary mention as it is a launch pad for further discovery, and also as I think I could use this compilation method to efficiently create and maintain similar resource gateways for other knowledge areas. I discovered this resource by following a discussion on the Australian Society for Knowledge Management forum http://www.auskm.org where the community is ideating about a KMBOK.
My Next Steps
- Focussed effort reading these resources and identifying the information that will help me construct my explanation of the impact of knowledge and expertise on Australian organisations.
- Start compiling a list of relevant Australian case studies.
- Start drafting my explanation in response to my goal.