Rationale for Renewing the Curriculum -- State of Knowledge Management in 2010

The field of Knowledge Management has evolved over the last 60 years. Most Knowledge Management thought leaders agree that we are entering a Third Generation of Knowledge Management theory and practice in 2010.

  • First Generation Knowledge Management was characterized by "Supply Side" principles - capture and preserve knowledge and information just in case it might be needed in the future. The growth of First Generation KM was primarily influenced by the widespread emergence and adoption of technology. This focuses primarily on Knowledge Asset Management.
  • Second Generation Knowledge Management builds upon the First. It is characterized by "Demand Side" principles - creation of new knowledge, innovation, knowledge gap detection and problem solving, collaboration and communities of practice where people can learn, share and discover, and on knowledge that is "business critical." This generation broadens competencies to include: Learning Environment, Collaboration & Communities, Culture & Communications, **Intellectual Capital Management**, Knowledge Operations, **Leadership & Strategy**, and Knowledge Assessment & Evaluation.
  • Third Generation Knowledge Management incorporates the first two, but shifts the focus from people-to-people and people-to-machines, to machines-to-machines. This generation focuses on the representation of human knowledge for machine understanding and processing, and adds two new competencies -- Knowledge Architecture and Knowledge Technologies.

Kent State University's Knowledge Management curriculum should provide an opportunity to learn across all three generations of Knowledge management. To reach that goal, we need to enhance our curriculum to cover all Ten KM Competencies.

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