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No. 45 November 2000

 

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Knowledge Associations

Robert M. Taylor

David,

Thank you once again for your newsletter. It is consistently a quality read. This 'Associations' issue is an interesting one. I have been puzzled by the emergence of what appear to be 'private' attempts to regulate KM - e.g. the offering of certification and so on. It would be worrying (although only for people like me!) if it were really taken seriously - which of course it isn't. I don't think we're in anything like a position to 'professionalise' KM - if indeed we ever will be.

What I mean is that KM is a broad movement more than it is a distinct set of skills. There are many sub-aspects of KM in which it is possible to achieve professional status (e.g. organisational psychology, information management and so on). I don't see that the same thing will apply to KM as a whole. I belong to two more or less serious professional organisations: The Association for Project Management (APM) and the Institute of Management Consultancy (IMC). Both are still pretty much 'voluntary' organisations in that these are 'open' professions - you don't need membership to practice (unlike say, in the legal, medical and accountancy worlds). But these organisations do have a broad and long-term practice base on which to build and are, in their different ways, addressing real professional issues such as Body of Knowledge and Certification. They have done a lot of work here but there is still a lot to do. I cannot see that KM as a practice matches up to these disciplines at all. The other interesting aspect to all this is schism - or maybe its just the privatisation/ownership issue. What I mean is the proliferation of KM bodies - rather than the support of existing established ones. I am sorry at the demise of the Cebit forum - it was one of the first and one of the best. What an interesting study in 'communities' we KM folk ourselves make!

Rob

Jerry Ash replies to Rob's comments. See his reply.

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