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Meeting Madelyn Blair: Garnering Competencies for KM, Knowledge Services, and Knowledge Strategy

Guy St. Clair

[Guy St. Clair met Madelyn Blair at the recent KM Education Forum Summit in Washington. In their conversation, Madelyn described how asking two simple questions could lead to great success in identifying competencies for knowledge workers. Thanks to Madelyn for sharing this remarkable technique with SMR’s readers.] The business needed to look more carefully at the staff employed in what is usually called information technology (IT), information management (IM), or knowledge management (KM). The numbers of staff in these positions had been growing, and it was beginning to be more and more difficult to determine if someone was qualified for…
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Guest Post from Ed O’Neal: A More Realistic Career Path for Knowledge Workers

Guy St. Clair

[Ed O’Neal and Guy St. Clair got to know one another at the recent KM Education Forum Summit in Washington, where they talked together about KM work in the corporate structure. Thanks to Ed for sharing his thoughts with SMR’s readers.]   In and out of KM for a career… I spent 24 years in the military before transitioning to the corporate world as an Organizational Effectiveness Leader for Manufacturing and then to KM. In my experience, few people are what might be called “pure” KM practitioners. Everyone seems to come to this work after experience in IT, information management,…
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KM Education Forum: Educators Seek Consensus at First Annual Summit

Guy St. Clair

On May 5-6, 2011, the Knowledge Management Education Forum (KMEF) brought together some 75 educators in the field of knowledge management (KM) to share their thoughts about how KM is taught and how students learn KM. This First Annual KMEF Summit was held on the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC. An initiative of the KM faculties of George Washington University and Kent State University, KMEF is described as “an on-going, annual dialog … an endeavor to identify and grow consensus on the knowledge management body of knowledge, competencies, roles, and curriculum.” The KMEF emphasis is not limited…
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