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Saturday, May 01, 2004

Approach to Venice (J. W. M. Turner, 1843)

A Governance-Based Approach to Knowledge Management: A KMCI Position Statement (Co-authored with Mark W. McElroy)

Executive Summary

Until recently there has been little disagreement within Knowledge Management (KM) over the idea that KM activities derive their authority from organizational management and ultimately from the CEO. This view has given rise to the often-repeated principle that KM strategy should be aligned with organizational or corporate strategy.

This report presents the alternative view, derived from KMCI's New Knowledge Management research program, that Knowledge Management and its strategy must be autonomous in relation to operational management and its strategy, if it is to avoid a conflict of interest and the undermining of KM itself. It argues further that KM is a fiduciary responsibility of Boards of Directors and, where relevant, legislatures, and that the KM function should derive its authority from and be directly responsible to such Boards and legislatures. This in turn implies that KM as currently practiced in organizations rests on an insecure foundation, one that is likely to lead to its failure due to conflicts of interest introduced by corporate management.

In view of this conclusion, KMCI announces its commitment to further develop and seek adherents to a Governance-based approach to KM and to advise against further pursuit of the currently dominant Management-based approaches. The main body of this report will set the Governance-based approach in the context of KMCI's overall approach to The New Knowledge Management (TNKM) and then will develop the basis for the Governance-based approach through an analysis of three of the components of TNKM. More . . .

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