YWAMKnowledgeBase:Knowledge Management

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Steve will write this, in the mean time here is the opening salvo from the wikipedia article. Steve will write it with YWAM's practice in mind.


Knowledge Management (KM) comprises a range of practices used in an organisation to identify, create, represent, distribute and enable adoption of wikipedia:insights and wikipedia:experiences. Such insights and experiences comprise wikipedia:knowledge, either embodied in individuals or embedded in organisational wikipedia:processes or practice. An established discipline since 1991 (see Template:Harv), KM includes courses taught in the fields of wikipedia:business administration, wikipedia:information systems, wikipedia:management, and library and wikipedia:information sciences Template:Harv. More recently, other fields, to include those focused on information and media, wikipedia:computer science, wikipedia:public health, and public policy, also have started contributing to KM research. Many large wikipedia:companies and wikipedia:non-profit organisations have resources dedicated to internal KM efforts, often as a part of their 'wikipedia:Business Strategy', 'wikipedia:Information Technology', or 'wikipedia:Human Resource Management' departments Template:Harv. Several consulting companies also exist that provide strategy and advice regarding KM to these organisations.

KM efforts typically focus on organisational objectives such as improved wikipedia:performance, wikipedia:competitive advantage, wikipedia:innovation, the sharing of lessons learned, and wikipedia:continuous improvement of the wikipedia:organisation. KM efforts overlap with wikipedia:Organisational Learning, and may be distinguished from that by a greater focus on the wikipedia:management of knowledge as a strategic asset and a focus on encouraging the sharing of knowledge. KM efforts can help individuals and groups to share valuable organisational insights, to reduce redundant work, to avoid wikipedia:reinventing the wheel per se, to reduce training time for new wikipedia:employees, to retain wikipedia:intellectual capital as employees turnover in an organisation, and to adapt to changing wikipedia:environments and wikipedia:markets Template:HarvTemplate:Harv.